As much as I like to muse about music and fashion, being active in different kinds of sports or going out, meeting friends, experience things I like to retreat, and become quiet. And listen.
Silence is beautiful. Silence is a way to rejuvenate. To listen to ones own heart, body and mind and to get back into natural balance.
Tonight I have been walking away from noise and distraction and tried and retreated.
To find my very own equilibrium I realized I need a bit from everything: activity, challenge, play and silence, taking care, being taken care of.
This time it was the need for silence which made me retreating from work, internet, smart phone. I have found a way to let thoughts pass on, listen to my heart beat which is the most natural rhythm and was in awe of it. I listened to my breath and went on a small mindfulness meditation. Felt the place I sat, the place my feet touched the ground. Thoughts passed by but had no reason to stay, I withdrew focus and let go. And enjoyed the sound of silence.
How about you? Does anyone else go on retreats from time to time? How do you do that? Do you find it difficult? Important? Why? And do you find it rejuvenating? Enriching?