The gift of RETREAT
Retreats are a gift for life.
When we go on retreat, whether for a few hours or for a few days, we give ourselves the space and focus to strengthen and deepen our practice, boosting its transformative power.
In the Jewish tradition, self-isolation (Hitbodedut) is seen as essential, on a regular basis, to deepen our spiritual practice.
Rabbi Nachman understood it. What enabled him to feel so much joy in every day life, was that he took the time to be alone, reflective, even sad, facing all that there was within. Retreat multiplies the benefits of a meditation session: it is a process of inner cleansing through introspection.
When we take a break from our daily life, so we can focus on inner exploration, prayer, and taking care of our bodies and soul. We do this so we can strengthen the muscles for happiness, wisdom and compassion within us. Meditation retreat is a momentary step out of daily life so we can come back more present, calm, patient and positive, so we can be better partners, employees and bosses, parents, and friends- starting with friends to ourselves.
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"Hitbodedut should also be practiced in a special place outside the city on a 'solitary path' (Avot 3:5) in a place where no one goes. For in a place where in the daytime hours people are busy chasing after the vanity of the world, even though they may not be there at this hour, it is still a distraction from hitbodedut, making it impossible for the spiritual seeker to attain the state of total communion with G-d.
For this reason, it is necessary to go alone at night on a solitary path to a place where on one goes even by day. There one should seclude oneself and empty one's heart and mind of all worldly involvements until one attains the state of true self-transcendence and communion."
Rabbi Nachman, Likutey MoharanI,52