Unless you have been born in seclusion, far from the hustle and bustle of civilization, you are probably surrounded by noise. Even when we are alone, we rarely are, as we are constantly bombarded with communications over cellphones or across the social media pages that dictate our perspectives and agendas.
Most of us will go years before experiencing true silence. Upon realizing this, many people begin to search for this silence and find it an intimidating task. If you feel fatigued from the constant distractions and pulls on the mind, maybe a little silence in a retreat dedicated to this pursuit is all you need.
The Benefits Of Silent Retreats
Silent retreats have been used in many different cultures, but all for the same purpose, even if the approach is very different. The underlying purpose is to reroute this focus that is spent on external communications and channel it into one’s self.
Prolonged moments of silence allow the mind to recharge from the demands of daily life, but the benefits are more than mental relaxation. The silence is the best time to focus and explore parts of yourself that don't get much attention in the superficiality of the day to day life; this allows you to process your deeper feelings and emotions.
This way you are able to observe your “inner landscape”, which can bring to your attention your inner need and untapped capacity for tolerance and self-awareness as well as engender balance in emotions that easily become disheveled under constant strain.
Another major benefit is the fresh perspective that can be gained in your life regarding where you have been and the direction your current circumstances seem to be heading.
True silence helps you escape the apparent clutches of exterior demands and allows you to identify truly which of these bring you happiness and balance and which are throwing you out of your groove and need to be addressed.
Final Thoughts — In the end, a silent retreat is a time of deeply personal insights. If you are courageous and committed to your path, this can result in greater strength and inner peace that endures. Check out Divine Openings if that is something for you.