Many ask why are our meditation and yoga retreats silent?
In silence, free from the distractions of daily life, we have space and time to pause and meet ourselves in a deeply introspective way. Likewise during a silent retreat, the habit of looking outside ourselves for fulfillment shifts to sensing ourselves from within. As a result, this shift of awareness is the beginning of noticing the space in which all thought arises. To clarify, this deeper intelligence is often overlooked because of the habit of being in thought rather than in present the moment.
In our silent retreats, we provide the environment to nourish the turning toward this deeper knowing and less encumbered way of being. Equally important, through the practices, we encourage mindfulness. This leads to an awareness of the difference between thinking and being in the moment.
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
“It is in the sanctuary of nature’s silent places, with mindful attention, that the true liberation of the heart can be obtained.” ~Buddha