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Silent Retreat

The Heart of Meditation: Letting Go, Letting Be, Receiving

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The silence of our heart is the balance to the busy demanding world we live in. This is why so many people are hungry for and enjoying the heart of meditation. The unending presence we find within is very healing for all our limits physically, emotionally, and in the world.

Why I Go On Retreat

Pamela A. Lewis | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Pamela A. Lewis

On retreat, I do not escape to an enchanted realm but instead I go to what is called a "thin place," one where holiness is present and shares space with humanity, in spite of its (and my) brokenness. In retreat, I am able to simply be, rest, and to reflect on what God is showing forth in my life. Within that silence, I find not only peace, but also truth.

A Silent Retreat Does Not Have to Be Boot Camp for the Soul

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Many people yearn for a silent retreat, but they resist actually going because of what they read and hear. Despite all the great reviews, for many a s...

Confessions of a Cell Phone Addict: And a Cure

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Holly Lynn Payne

Technology can only enrich our lives to the degree that we can stay present with ourselves and each other. I have to remind myself that I can still love my phone, but it will never love me back. The only "access" I need is to myself and the people that matter most. Everything else can wait.

To Be OK with the Blank Page

Cassidy Hall | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Cassidy Hall

From my experiences at these various monasteries, I found that it wasn't until I sat through these things in silence and space that I could reach a much deeper and often darker place of self-discovery, which led and still leads me to more of my true self.

Lessons, Miracles, Opportunities and Balance

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Pamela Glasner

How many times do we pass up opportunities to be with the ones who need us, or the ones we need, because we are on our way somewhere, focused on a task that lay ahead, or exhausted from one that lay behind? And how much life and love do we miss on account of that?

When It Is Time to Reinvent Ourselves

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Reinventing ourselves is absorbing life's heart essence. It is heart essence which frees our awareness from disappointment, giving real freedom. It is our source of inspiration. The presence within us is giving the true joy which makes life worth living.

The Quiet of Winter

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Winter is nothing more or less then perfect humility pulling us back to our essence, each to our own poetry.

Meditation Is a Place of Refuge

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Meditation takes us underneath the stream of me. Below our strong ego is an even stronger presence. Meditation discovered by seekers in all the great traditions brings us to the heart of the mind. And this heart is a universal place of refuge.

Life After Google: Can They Debug the Mind?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Life is more than surviving drama and guarding against the latest virus invading our personal domain of what innocence is left. Life is about nurturing, bringing our unique talent, our gifts into the world.

Five Keys to Having a Near Death Experience (Without the Near Death Part)

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

There are five common keys found by many who have these other worldly experiences. These keys have value beyond measure as we take them, open, and make the pilgrimage to the heart of the sacred within us.

The Reason Why We Meditate: Wow!

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Every time we sit, we are becoming anchors for the truth of wow in the world. And who can say that their world and the world in general cannot use some wow to relieve all suffering?

Unplug, Retreat, And Enjoy A New Personal Story

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Retreat is time for no self, no story. We are receiving our heart essence. Judgments and neediness dissolve in our inner expansiveness. Here is understanding. If we are to have a story may it be of great heart.

Summer Retreat and Find That Something Beyond Words

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Many people are learning the wisdom to take time off and disconnect from everything that has attached itself to body, mind, and soul. Once away from i...

The Silence of Summer

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Summer silence stops many who never stop. The silence this time of year is just too powerful. Even those who think this is no time to slow down do find time to go slower. The silence, afternoon clouds, and evening sunset are just too spectacular for almost everyone to ignore.

Bringing Mindfulness for Teens Into the Wilderness

Patrick Cook-Deegan | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Patrick Cook-Deegan

I had spent many weeks in the backcountry before, but never right after a meditation retreat. Never with a mind quiet enough to take in all the natural world had to offer.

Silent Retreat: Uncovering Our Interior Life

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

When we live our life in the limited world of thought and some feeling, is it any wonder that many do not believe there is a soul, no less know our soul for the treasure that it is?

Silent Retreat: Seeking Deeper Meaning and Purpose

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Simplicity, solitude, and silence are common themes to the explorers of life's questions and the discoverers of life's answers. Our willingness to settle into some days of simplicity, living without plans, just being, opens a path.

Getting the Flu: A Four-Day Forced Meditation Retreat

Matt Bieber | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

I haven't left the house much over the last couple of days. My sheets are bunched up at the foot of the bed, clothes are strewn all over the floor, and containers of half-eaten soup and Emergen-C scan the wasteland from their perches on desktops and chairs. It's been wonderful.

10 Awesome U.S. Silent Retreat Centers For Peace, Quiet & De-Stressing

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.28.2013 | Travel

The perfect antidote to the constant noise of busy, work-driven urban lives.

Silent Retreat: Discovering the Heart Inside Our Heart

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Beginning our retreat, there may be anxiousness or restlessness separating from our habits, the routine we think we are dependent upon. Soon, there is a lightness of being, freedom, and joy in our surrender. Simple peace is present.

Why You Should Go On A 'Silence Retreat'

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Coming into silence with a busy mind is like leaving the fast, crowded highway, pulling into a small fishing village with one dock, one store, and the water slowly lapping at the sea shore. We jump out of the car excited to find such a place, and then what?

How to Get Inside My Mind

Mina Samuels | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Mina Samuels

I agree with the general theory that it is a good thing for us to face our fears in some fashion, and that in so doing we strengthen our spirit (and possibly our bodies).