When your brain has been hit by restless working hours, overwhelming noises, countless distractions, and as well as emotional disorders in your everyday life, you gradually begin to realize the unexpected significant weakness in your wellness and the lost feelings of a meaningful life.
Eventually, you get the gut feeling that you have to have a complete break in order to invigorate your body, mind, and spirit. Of course, you may spend time on holidays traveling and likely participating in mainstream wellness retreats, including yoga retreats.
However, there is an array of different retreats that they each can help you escape your stressful daily routine, recharge, and impact your mental health in different ways. And, the silent retreat is one of them.
Significance of a Silent Retreat
Basically, a silent retreat is a program that is usually held at retreat centers. As the silent retreats are differently conducted by the individual masters and organizations, some are religious and some are not. Despite the religious ones, you don’t need to be necessarily a religious person to attend one.
A silent retreat refers to a silent meditation retreat where you seek a spiritual path to get advantages on mental health. It allows you to leave a hectic and stressful life behind and engage in stillness and silence, which refrains you from speaking approximately at least 10 days and then you can seamlessly rejuvenate.
While mainly concentrating on a silent meditation throughout the retreat, you are able to calm down and clear your mind and extend it to a certain level from which you can see the world much wider with greater clarity. In addition, you begin to focus on your true life purposes asking yourself why you’re there–this is an opportunity to plunge into yourself, to escape the world by focusing on your inner world.
Reasons to go on a Silent Retreat
Once again, it’s very important to know that in today’s modern world our daily lives are super bustle and hustle, which leads to a stressful life.
Responsibilities and personal problems such as financial pressures, worries, emotional problems, mental issues, relationship problems, and active addiction also increase the stress level and suffer our overall physical and mental health. They sometimes strike us so badly that we hardly cope with them in our every day of life.
All of these distractions are always constant around us, and over time it is being really exhausting.
When going on a silent retreat, it helps facilitate to free you from your current status and to transform you by connecting to a new environment and creating a peaceful space in which you can just spend time relaxing and discovering yourself on a deeper level.
This is because the retreat centers are usually located in serene, remote areas on top of the mountains or deep jungles, with the magnificent beauty of nature and its spirituality. Thus, rather than a regular holiday vacation with a busy itinerary, you can just slow down yourself and enjoy a true sense of rest, relaxation, and recharge for your body, mind, and spirit within nature and experience things from a different perspective.
How a Silent Retreat Can Benefit Your Mental Health Well-Being
A silent meditation retreat provides many long-term direct and indirect benefits that can help address your mental wellness needs. Find out how absolute, undisturbed silence can improve your mental health wellbeing and help you reconnect with yourself.
1. Calm the “Monkey Mind”
The term monkey mind is a Buddhist term that literally means unsettled, restless or uncontrollable. The monkey mind is commonly used to describe a state of mind triggered when you try not to speak and just attempt to be in a quieter mood.
For instance, you might experience the monkey mind during a lonely time, a silence before bed, or a process of concentration on meditation. Your mind wanders and swings from one thought to another in the loop restlessly, like a monkey swinging back and forth on the trees.
Ultimately, a silent retreat can facilitate you to train your monkey mind by simply focusing on your breath while meditating. If your monkey mind becomes stable with calmness, you will feel a fulfilled sense of peace like never before.
2. Discover Inner Self
Once you get rid of all your mental chatter, your mind settles down and it attains you to increasingly focus on oneself. Having none surrounds to talk with–just you and absolute silent atmosphere–you embark on the journey to self-discovery and more importantly pay attention to your inner monologue to dive deeply into understanding who you are and how you feel about who you are as a human being.
3. Disconnect from Technology and Overcome Boredom
Without a doubt, we now live in the digital world that keeps us always stick to the screens. Our eyes roll over the screen due to a sudden notification or a vibrant in the pocket. This becomes a habit for all of us, and we are actively addicted to it in our everyday lives. Without it, we begin to feel incomplete and bored.
And, we have no idea at all how to simply escape from it and do nothing. So, developing a new habit to cope with this boredom by learning how to stay calm and still is a super useful skill to master.
Of course, you may feel a bit bored at first on a silent retreat because you disconnect yourself from your digital world and do nothing without the gadgets. But, through silence, you allow your emotions to surface and learn to deal with them in gentle and friendly ways like a healing process.
Gradually, you gain much greater awareness of your emotional state and then you can occupy your mind. In addition, your imagination starts to awaken more in silence which helps cultivate your mind and spirit.
4. Talk Less and Rest Your Body
Inevitably, we must communicate with people every day. Surely, we talk a lot in the day, and we often become too tired at night. That’s because we pressure a lot of stress on our throats and vocal cords.
Living in the bustling city, we face countless annoying noises everywhere that affect our brain health. Noise is actually a form of pollution that disturbs and harms our physical and mental health wellbeing, which most of us may not realize.
Escaping the busy life to tranquility at a silent retreat is a perfect occasion to rest our bodies. After recharge, you’ll improve physical strength, your sleep, your voice, and your brain capacity.
5. Detox and Cleanse Your Body and Mind
Our digestive system plays an important role in our overall health. Something goes wrong, you will feel physically and mentally uncomfortable.
We often experience hustle life on a daily basis: eating too fast to be on time at work or a meeting, having late meals due to overtime work and eating unhealthy food, which suffers the digestive system.
Slowing down and staying silent at meals improves the digestion. When you focus on your food and chewing it well, you eat much more slowly and mindfully. Thus, you tend to eat less because you allow your digestive system the time to process the food, which results in eating only what you need instead of overeating.
6. Nature Improves Mental Health Wellbeing
One of the biggest advantages of going on a silent retreat is that it connects you with nature and its healing touch. Nature essentially links to positive effects on your mental wellbeing according to researches. It is very beneficial for your physical, psychological, and spiritual health wellbeing.
Fresh air, calm surroundings, wild sounds, rivers, streams, mountains, and lush forests allow you to unwind and be deeply rejuvenated from within so that you can have a fresh start to your life upon return.
7. Cope with Stress and Anxiety
Immersing yourself into a silent retreat is a great way to cope with stress and anxiety deriving from your busy everyday life, responsibilities, toxic environment, and as well as emotional issues.
This comes to the benefits of meditation practice at the retreat. While meditating, you are much more able to train your monkey mind, develop inner peace, control your emotions, realize awareness, and as well as gain greater clarity. And, your stress and anxiety will fade out.
In summary, there is apparently much going in our minds rather than our lives. This leads to poor mental health wellbeing when it’s out of control, and a healing remedy is required. This healing silent retreat comes in handy.
8. Gain Greater Control of Your Emotions
One of the benefits of a silent meditation retreat is the ability to gain emotional controls. As a matter of fact, all of our emotions are provoked by our thoughts. If our mind overflows with thoughts, it overflows with emotions.
The practice of meditation at a silent meditation retreat can facilitate you to calm your mind and prevent it from wandering wildly. Slowly, you’ll begin to experience fewer emotions. Then, as you also enhance your clarity, you’ll be able to heal chronic pains from the past that fester in your subconscious mind.
Moreover, a silent meditation retreat helps you focus on an awareness that is also a powerful tool to gain control over your emotions. The more you can bring peace and harmony to your mind, the more you can get rid of unnecessary thoughts and fears in your mind that hinder your capacity to see through your inner self.
9. Enhance Focus on the Present Moment
As you develop the ability to train your monkey mind, control your emotions, rest your body and soul at a silent retreat, you begin to cultivate your greater awareness. Awareness or self-awareness is a result of mindfulness meditation, which leads you to be mindful and accept living in the present moment.
Simply, you concentrate on what’s happing right now. If you’re reading a book, you’re mindfully reading a book, for instance. Nothing else in your head. Your mind just focuses on the thing you’re working on right now.
While you are more able to concentrate on the present moment, you tend to leave all the past behind and worry less about what not yet to come. Therefore, you can strengthen your attention, increase more energy, and improve your creativity and productivity. Although the results are not always promising, you are truly able to accept them with your clear mind and calm emotions.
10. Develop Mental Discipline
The mind controls the wholeness of oneself. If it goes out of control it affects your overall health, especially your mental health that primarily gets hit worse. Despite this, people often neglect and let their wandering minds rule their lives and they even really don’t think that they are capable of controlling their minds instead.
Let a silent meditation retreat support you to develop proper mental discipline. The absolute silent atmosphere gives you a greater ability to listen to yourself, calm your mind, and avoid distractions to your mental processes. As time progresses you can prevent your wandering mind from going out of control and you will begin to focus on most specific important needs over those less prioritized, which results in improving your memory, critical thinking, creativity, and productivity as well.
11. Gain Greater Clarity in Your Life
The answers to doubts and questions in mind become much brighter, and worries and pains get much healed when your mind becomes more silent. The mind controls everything, indeed. Once you occupy your mind, you’ll naturally begin to view the world with greater clarity and gain a bit of insight as to what’s really important in life.
The power of silence enables you to understand yourself much better, the rest of the world, and as well as feel more comfortable in your own company. This helps guide you with the direction of your own life. With a clearer mind and brand-new sense of grounding, as a result, you’re more able to take risks to achieve your life goals without any hesitation.
12. Delve Deep in Your Own Healing the Pains from the Past
Have you ever experienced insomnia that causes you to be awake all night? Probably, you recalled your past most unpleasantly suffering pains that chronically fester in your mind which remain unresolved.
They suffer your mental health and then weaken your physical body if you don’t have enough focused energy on your own to recover. If they still remain in your subconscious mind, they will continuously manifest themselves in your attitudes, and as well as your actions.
For the duration of the silent meditation retreat, it’s very beneficial for healing these pains from the past. It helps you grow your clarity and positive emotions in life that turn out your past problems into a different perspective.
A silent retreat provides you with the chance to deal with your unsettled problems by leveraging both all of your energy and support from others–who also find their own ways to solve theirs. Therefore, you can get away from crisis mode leaving all negative pains behind, and instead focus on all of your attention on improving your wellbeing.
13. Strengthen Your Relationships with Others
The fact is that we live in myriad relationships. Some are good and some are toxic. The nice things, though, from a silent retreat give you the potential to adapt and behave to them much differently, especially towards your beloved ones. Those are the fruits of calming down your mind and emotions.
As your inner calmness increases, you’re less likely to react to all of your surroundings. Once you do, you’ll always speak and behave with love, peace, harmony, and compassion.
Indeed, your good behavior leads to good relationships in your life. You may play a role as an influencer to those around you as definitely people have some different bad behaviors. Even though, they realize or not at least you indirectly help them to reflect by engaging less with them.
As a result, they may feel uncomfortable at first and either stand strong foothold against you or change their behaviors following your example.
So start changing from yourself before trying to change somebody else.
14. Boost Your Personal Growth
The status of bustle and hustle life, high level of stress, emotional problems, a restlessly racing mind, and negativity of unsettled problems are all combined factors that block you from growing in your every day physically, mentally, and emotionally. To achieve your personal growth, you have to reduce them in ways that are much more effective.
A silent meditation retreat plays an important role in supporting you to do that at an optimal level. Knowing that a high level of determination to the course of meditation gives you an absolute break, you’re focusing all of your attention on your high prioritized personal needs for the entire time at the retreat and meantime you’re beginning to boost your personal development.
Ultimately, a profound life-changing experience from a silent meditation influences you to develop a new attitude and become a better version of you, which will not be discovered elsewhere.
15. Gain Greater Peace, Harmony, and Happiness
A silent retreat offers incredible benefits, given that you realize the fulfillment of peace and happiness in your life after the return. The main reason is that within an absolute silence alongside with mindfulness meditation, you can relax, distress, heal the chronical mental pains, listen to your inner self and connect yourself to the rest of the world.
After clearing your mind and seeing things from a different perspective, you reach a high level of solace–you begin to shift from negativity to positivity accepting things as parts of living life. That’s life! That’s the way it is!
Moreover, you do not only understand yourself much deeply but also others and the whole world, where spreading love, peace, and harmony commence.
And with greater clarity and objectivity from within, you will live a life with better health, happiness, and fulfillment.
To draw a conclusion, there are various ways to improve your overall wellness needs. You can nurture your body with healthy food and improve your physical and mental wellbeing through physical exercise, other activities, and as well as trips. Regarding the enhancement of mental health, even more, substantial activities are required to reap all the potentials. Those are concerned with silent retreats.
A silent retreat or a silent meditation retreat is a profound life-changing experience whose whole idea is to make you become a better version of yourself. You begin to develop the inner power to gain greater control of yourself and create confidence in yourself to pursue your life goals.
As described above, there are a lot of incredible benefits it may bring to facilitate you to achieve that, and it’s quite difficult to explain, rather you should try it and gain a sense of true feelings of it.
If you have no clue where to go on a silent meditation retreat as you wish to improve your mental wellbeing, here is a comprehensive list of yoga and meditation retreats in Cambodia. Make a decision on your most favorite one and experience it.
Is your next retreat is a silent retreat?