The Mission has many beautiful gardens which serve as serene areas for meditation and prayer.
A term spiritual retreat is not new, because for thousands of years people of different cultures have been seeking personal spiritual retreats to find a shelter, a refuge from the world and to reconnect with a sense of inner peace. In the Western culture the spiritual retreats have taken place in religious institutions like secluded monasteries, where individuals were offered a shelter and a practice of prayer and meditation. The Buddhist traditional meditation retreat consists of long periods of sitting and walking meditations, facilitating insight into the true nature of being and spiritual awakening. This form of spiritual retreat helps to induce visions, find life purpose and direction, and accelerate spiritual growth and awakening.
If you prefer being active during your vacation, physical exercise such as swimming, hiking, cycling, walking, and yoga routines add value to the retreat experience, integrating the body with the mind and spirit. Some people may wish to focus solely on meditative activities, others a combination of physical and contemplative. The key to the place and time is to make sure it will be a true retreat. That means none of the following on hand during the retreat: cell phone, instant email, computer, noise, televisions, radios, family and work demands and other such interruptions, non-retreat companions, and any other intrusion.
Medical experts agree that meditation can help lower cholesterol, ease depression, speed healing, curb insomnia, boost the immune system, and control anxiety. With these benefits in mind, there has been a rapid growth in meditation retreats all over America. You begin to see that it is possible to approach life in a peaceful way. Set aside few hours where you just relax and absorb the motivational messages or simply relax and give your mind time to rest. Watch a movie that inspires you or makes you laugh. You need to look closely and reflect on your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and motivations. Periodically examining your experiences, the decisions you make, the relationships you have, and the things you engage in provide useful insights on your life goals, on the good traits you must sustain and the bad traits you have to discard. Introspection can be learned, it just takes the courage and willingness to seek the truths that lie within you.
Spiritual retreats are not the same, they differ and you can choose the one that you feel most comfortable with. There are many different types of spiritual retreats that can be held for each group’s spiritual benefit and gender specific retreats, when men or women can improve spiritually to be a better person individually, in the family setting, as a marital partner, or with fellow employees. Normally, the retreat takes place over a weekend. The best environment for meditation is one that is peaceful, sedative, relaxing, soothing and surrounded by raw nature. Usually meditation retreats are located among cool, serene and natural surroundings, by the side of lakes, rivers or atop mountains.
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