Stress-Relief Benefits of a Silent Meditation Retreat, According to a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

Have you ever been to a silent meditation retreat? Serial entrepreneur Ben Casnocha went on one and in this article from Inc. magazine, he shares his experiences, noting how it helped him to recharge and relieve stress:

When I went on my first silent meditation retreat, in 2012, I was motivated by the promise of stress relief. I was working hard, stressed out, and had read about the therapeutic benefits.

The Vipassana retreat I went on was intense — 10 hours of sitting meditation per day, for 10 days. No speaking, reading, or writing. No meals after noon. The bell for the day’s first sitting rings at 4:30 a.m., and if you try to skip it, a staff member comes into your room and pulls the sheets off you. It really is, as someone told me afterward, Buddha boot camp.

When I turned on my phone after the retreat, I was uninterested in the apps I had found so addictive. I also learned to notice physical signs of stress — shallow breathing, a rapid heartbeat. So much happens in our lives that we don’t notice, and I felt more equipped after that first retreat to notice my body’s signals.

If you want to experience a meditation retreat without leaving your home, then check out a book titled Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn and then revisit our in-depth articles on: how long you should meditate if you’re a beginner, how to practice body awareness meditation, and how to practice breathing meditation.

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