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Silent Retreats

When Silence Isn't What We Need

Susan Guillory | Posted 06.24.2016 | Divorce
Susan Guillory

Lately, I'd been thinking about going on a silent retreat, though I'd never been on one. Hell, I wasn't even one people would call quiet. My brothers used to say when I was a toddler that I started talking before I even opened my eyes. So the idea of being silent, even for just a few days, was an odd choice for me.

The Challenge of Depression After a Spiritual Awakening

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.12.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The contrast trying to play the game of life, doing, achieving, and having success while knowing meanwhile love is the ultimate reality can be confusing, conflicting, and tying heart and mind into knots.

Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.09.2017 | Science

We live in a loud and distracting world, where silence is increasingly difficult to come by ― and that may be negatively affecting our health. In fa...

Life After the Other Side, After a Spiritual Awakening

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Recently I was in Bali offering a silent retreat in the middle of Bali's Shangri-la like rice fields and special spirituality. The Balinese have a spi...

Extrovert or Introvert, This Years Gift: A Silent Retreat

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

When someone we know has everything and there is nothing they need or can use, it is probably a sure sign, they can use some quietude and the gift of a silent retreat.

Silent Retreat, A Gift for Caregivers

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Caregivers deserve a rest in the arms of peace and quiet! In our noisy busy world, caregivers, those who are giving their best and most day after day...

No Talking, No Reading, No Writing, No Media: How 7 Days of Silence Can Change Everything

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 11.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

I just finished my first seven-day silent retreat. That means I didn't speak for seven days. Can you imagine? Not a word. It was difficult, for sure, but I was not alone. There were over 40 other people there, too, spending the week in complete silence.

Why Are So Many People Seeking the Silence in a Silent Retreat?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

As more and more people are discovering the joy of meditation, they are discovering the joy of silence including making a silent retreat. The environm...

I Spent the Day at a Buddhist Monastery and Nothing Happened

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 10.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Craig E. Sherman

After having returned home from an overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery my wife asked me what I did there. Using the same refrain my teenage son off...

When We Add the Word Silent to Our Retreat

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

When the mind finds silence, we find ourselves touching the moment of this moment. The outer world makes much more sense when we have a big inner world of silence. Inner quietude is our anchor for a life overcoming the noise. Are we ready to add the word silent to our next retreat?

The Grace of Silence

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Silence is not talked about much except in the context of how are we surviving all the noise we are living with. Surviving is what we are doing. Than...

How Silence Helped This Entrepreneur Fight Burnout

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living

New York-based entrepreneur Dina Kaplan understands how all-consuming work life can be. But after dedicating nearly every moment of her life to her co...

Retreat and the Gifts of Vertical Time

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Vertical time is a life practice as we find what we want more and more in this moment. There are worlds and worlds, realms upon realms for us to know and enjoy as vertical time unfolds within each of us.

How Do I Live Knowing Proof of Heaven?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

While many people are still on the sidelines whether there is really proof of Heaven, there are many others who do not have the luxury of still decidi...

Celebrating Father Keating and Centering Prayer

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The reason why Centering Prayer works for so many is its simplicity. In our complicated world, the joy of being with one word, one thought is enough to explore the mystery in the depths of silence within us.

Near Death Experiences Are Actually True Life Experiences

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

If the near death experiences being shared by many are really to believed, they are actually true life experiences, because what they are describing i...

The New Paradigm: Heart Intelligence

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Heart intelligence is the paradigm that speaks to everyone's hope and frustration. Just what is our IQ score in heart intelligence? Not nearly high enough!

The Gift of Monastic Life for Non-Monastics

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

A sweet stillness begins upon wakening and continues all day and night until going to sleep. The first sounds this morning are the Canadian geese making their morning honks as they fly by. Today song birds join in, lifting the air, incredible. Then quiet again.

Why Peace & Quiet Is Green

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

How can we make long-term healthy decisions for the Earth when our own inner noise is pushing us just to get out the door?

As Pope Francis Follows St. Francis Lets Be Clear About Self Denial And Sacrifice

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

For many people, St. Francis was little more than a garden statue until Pope Francis. Suddenly, the medieval saint from the 12th century is being remembered for his love of nature, all creatures, and especially his humility and concern for everyone no matter what is their walk in life.

New Year: Lets Find Our Cathedral of Silence

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu -- we all seek the treasure waiting in silence. In silence, we all meet in a common understanding. There is peace. Th...

The Latest in Holiday Gifts? A Silent Retreat

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

This holiday, instead of looking for the newest machine, people are finding the gift of a vacation from all machines. Instead of shopping for somethi...

Falling Into the Silence of Fall

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

As I watch the leaves fall, each drifting in their special silence, I am touched. I am glad I am witnessing their final flight as if each is taking a final bow. I admire their skill of letting go.

Where Business Elite Succeed and Fail With Meditation

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Watch out world, high-octane performance is for those who close their eyes, surrender their thoughts and practice watching their breath!

Let's Turn Down the Noise and Turn Up Peace and Quiet

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The lack of peace and quiet affects all that we do, our relationships, and most important our ability to listen and know our own heart and soul. It is our potential for introspection that makes us unique as a species.