Meditation: A Journey to your Inner Self
What is a Meditation Retreat?
The etymological meaning of the word ‘meditation’ referes to the intellectual practice of focussing your awareness on the present.
Meditating can help achieve a relaxed mental and physical state, inner peace, concentration, and even creativity. Ultimately, it looks to help you find yourself, quietening internal and external noise.
Most meditation retreats are held in the midst of nature. Peace and tranquillity reign, the perfect setting to rediscover yourself and truly concentrate.
We are all aware of the great advantages of meditation, a practice recommended and supported by professionals and studies alike, as it enhances our minds and bodies in many ways. The change it produces on a physical, psychological, and emotional level are as follows :
Physical: Boosts the immune system, reduces pain and inflammation on cells;
Emotional: Reduces stress, depression and anxiety. Helps capacity to control mood and improves inner awareness;
Psychological: Improves memory, increases attention span, and enhances creativity.
So, it is fair to say that this widespread practice fulfils one of its most characteristic functions: mental hygiene.
How do you Meditate?
There are two basic types of meditation: ‘Awareness’ Meditation and ‘Transcendental’ (TM).
Awareness meditation encourages a change in the way you think, feel, and act. To achieve this, you focus on your breathing. Then, without reacting to or judging what is happening around you, you can balance your thoughts and feelings in your day to day life.
Transcendental meditation is very different. Repeating a phrase or sound (a mantra) in a quiet voice, or in silence, will help avoid distractions for the mind and so help with concentration and a state of total relaxation.
There is no defined goal with meditation and it is practised without any particular objective in mind.