Thanks to our crazy schedules, our mind is often jammed with work and stress. It is then, meditation and meditation retreats become important to reduce stress and change our life for the better. Meditation is a state where our mind is peaceful and calm, letting the body attain deep rest. From Zen to reciting mantras, from meditation Yoga to Qigong, there are several ways in which meditation can be done.
“Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you.” – Amit Ray.
Meditation has been practised since thousands of years but Buddha made meditation important for the modern human beings. Apart from reducing stress, meditation has been known to sharpen our brains and improve learning and memory. Few studies suggest that meditation changes the brain structure and make your smarter. Brain processes the information in a much faster way if you meditate for at least 4 times a week. Apart from enhancing memory, different forms of meditation also help you multitask, reduce stress, and improve decision-making, thereby making you smarter.
“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” – Buddha.
Meditation Retreats in India
There are many meditation retreats in India for you to get smarter, healthier and wiser while attaining the inner peace. From luxury retreats like Ananda Spa in Himalayas and Osho Meditation Retreat, Pune to humble abodes of positive energies like Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamshala, you can take your pick according to your budget and preferences. Here are a few meditation retreats which have been popular amongst devotees.
- Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh: With Himalayas as backdrop, this retreat by Pujya Swamiji offers yoga and meditation courses for the devotees. Devotees can stay for max. 15 days, which can be extended with special permission. You can book your stay prior to the week when the course starts. You may take your pick from the many courses available – from beginners to advanced. Drinking, smoking etc. is prohibited in the ashram. Food without onion and garlic is expected to be eaten by the devotees.
- Sivananda, Kerela: Dotted with coconut trees, the 12 acre property of Sivananda Ashram is perfect to meditate and get stress-free. There are 2 weeks long beginner courses, which can be attended by anyone. Peak Season is from October to April (Children under 6 not allowed). You are supposed to stay quiet from 7.30 a.m till 10.30 p.m. Vegetarian food is served twice a day and a health hut is there for snacks and drinks.
- Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune: Get indulged while meditating at Osho, where facilities like swimming pool, spa, gym are there. An initial registration fee and Osho robe charges have to be paid for staying in Osho. Charges for meditation pass and spa facilities are separate. Rules are stringent and you can meditate in peace at the Osho Auditorium.
Benefits of Meditation Retreats
The Yoga and meditation retreats are an amazing way to escape daily stress and bring back your mind, body and soul to equilibrium. Apart from the scientific benefits of meditation like focused and smarter brain with enhanced memory, our mind and soul gets purified. We get wrapped with positive energy and become rejuvenated. Sometimes, you find yourself and get a new purpose of life in these retreats. Healing of body and mind takes place which makes us ready to accept and face new challenges that life throws at us.
It’s time that you take a breather from your work schedules and soothe your mind so that it can function in a better way and make you smarter,healthier.
“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger, and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Go to a meditation or Yoga retreat to detox yourself.