What is a Spiritual Retreat?
What role does the “spiritual” play in our daily lives? In ancient cultures, those that chose a spiritual path often retreated from society, supported by donations, as they removed themselves from the typical mundane details of human life. These people were revered for their attainment and teachings, that they passed onto the next generations.
In modern life, many are seeking a new way to orient themselves to the everyday. How do we bring our best intensions into every moment? No matter our personal spiritual or religious beliefs, the struggle is often in incorporating our beliefs and good intensions into each day.
For some of us, we may not even know what it is we “believe,” we know only that we are lost, hurting, confused, or simply not thriving. We sense that life is passing by and we don’t’ know how to change.
The Role of Retreat in Modern Life
In modern life, a retreat is a miniature version of the ancient art of developing a spiritual and meaningful life. To retreat is an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable. It is also the process of receding from a position or state attained.
The modern social focus is on attainment, pushing ahead, and ambition. Unfortunately, without periods of re-orientation, we can lose the purpose of our activity, the meaning in our life. We need retreat more than ever. We need the time, space, and intension to refocus on what truly matters in our life, and to awaken inner knowing that leads us to understand and act in a more intelligent, kind, focused, and mindful manner.
By retreating from our busy life, we can awaken and harness the energy and clarity to tackle our lives in a way that is constructive and loving. Only by reducing the usual stressors and stimulus, can we be truly with ourselves, engage in practices that can not only create an opening on retreat, but help us sustain what we learn back “in the grind.”
It is the true test of spiritual attainment to reengage with society, our responsibilities, and commitments with equilibrium, purpose, and fierce, unwavering love. While we may not attain all these things in one retreat, each period of retreat, even if only an hour of meditation, can motivate us to bring our peace and grace into each moment.
The Benefits of Retreat
Every moment of our lives can be heightened and improved by our own inner development. Freedom lies in our ability to choose a path that leads to the least suffering for ourselves and others, in both big and small decisions every single day. As we are challenged by the daily struggles, we can call upon what we learned in retreat to assist us. Instead of getting bogged down and lost, we can learn to stop, reorient, and go inside to find our balance and inner wisdom. We can make choices that are healthy and constructive, guided by a deep inner knowing, rather than haphazard or even, at times, unseen destructive tendencies and habits.
Come on retreat and learn to call upon and find your inner peace, wisdom, and knowing. We have many retreats, customized to your specific goals, needs, and place in life.