After about a week on the beach it is time to try something new. Something that I have never done before, but that I have been wanting to try for some time. Because I believe that you can always learn from new experiences and I hope this will be a good one. So for ten days I will be in a meditation retreat at the Kow Tahm temple on Koh Pha Ngan.
Imagine having time with only yourself. Not just doing an activity by yourself, but spending time focusing on you without all the daily distractions. No TV, no computer, no mobile, no books, no writing, no talking to others. No nothing, except for you in the present moment. How would that feel? And what would you learn from yourself when you stop and just listen?
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As an introvert I have always valued time by myself. But I have never done something like this when you focus for more that a week on just being present and listening to yourself. After speaking to others who have done these kind of meditation retreats I expect it to be challenging. It will be hard. Maybe sometimes frustrating. But you will never grow if you always stay in your comfort zone. And I do believe an experience like this will also be rewarding and valuable. I really look forward to try this. So starting tomorrow, it will be ten days where I am totally disconnected from almost everything. I see you on the other side.
P.S. One of my biggest concern before the retreat is of a very practical character: mosquito bite prevention. Mosquitoes tend to like me more then I appreciate having them close, and meditating outside early mornings and evenings I fear I might be eaten alive. So I have stocked up on mosquito spray and antihistamines. Wish me luck…
“The thing about meditation is: You become more and more you.”