What on earth is a silent retreat I hear you ask? Well, I about to tell you. You can either read about it here or watch the handy video I have recorded for you to tell you more about my experience and some of the surprising and not so surprising results.
First, let me tell you why I undertook such a challenge. I was exhausted, physically and mentally worn out. Working, dancing, volunteering at a stables, writing a book and organising a charity event plus doing all the business admin and related stuff I need to do on a day to day basis. Every second of every day is filled with something. Although I love all these things, I needed some time out, not just a holiday. They're great too, but I knew I needed something different and I had been talking with one of my therapist friends who urged me to try a silent retreat. Something that would allow me and encourage me to completely disconnect with technology and stress inducing activity and reconnect completely with myself and to really get myself practising what I preach to you all.
Well, I finally decided it was time to go for it and those of you that know me will know that I don't do things by halves so I fully committed to the idea and blocked out a week of time in my diary. I got my website manager to post a note to tell you that I would be away and off the grid so to speak for a week and I set about preparing for my recharge.
I mean totally silent, I arranged for my housemate not to talk to me and I didn't speak to anyone. I turned off my phone, I had no conversations, no TV, no music, no DVD's, No books (until the last couple of days).
Nothing, I was determined that there was to be no stimulation, no buzzing of noise nothing. Complete silence. I was all about me.
I can hear you all asking, but what did you do?
Whatever I wanted, I walked to the park and enjoyed the open spaces, I meditated and did yoga practice and Qi Gong and active resting. I also fasted during the week, I told you I didn't do things half heartedly.
If you want to find out more about what I did and the results then please take a look at the video. For me, the results were amazing beyond what I had imagined would happen.
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