- So you can’t get away for a vacation in the Bahamas. Make a spiritual meditation retreat at home. Your kitchen, your lounge and your garden can be the perfect get-away places that you’ve been looking for.
- When you learn how to do a meditation retreat at home you’ll have your own little get-away resort that is inside your own home. What could be better than that?
- So let’s turn your home into a meditation retreat and see just how divine your home can be. Ready?
How To Do A Meditation Retreat At Home
How to do a meditation retreat at home, part 1: Preparation.
Find the time:
You’re going to want to set an entire weekend aside in order to do your retreat.
When you enter your meditation retreat you want to be able to relax and you want to be able to meditate without worrying about what’s going on with the family, with your jobs, and with all those other responsibilities that hard-working you takes care of day in and day out.
This meditation retreat is entirely about you.
For this reason you’re going to need to prepare for your retreat.
Choose a weekend and make sure that you get anything on your mind out of the way before beginning the retreat.
The last thing you want is to have chores or responsibilities on your mind when you enter your retreat. Make sure there are no distractions when you go into your retreat.
Get everything done in advance and put your feet up
How to do a meditation retreat at home, part 2: Clean
No one likes a dirty home. Well, except the rats and raccoons. They love it. You and me? Not so much.
In fact, according to Psychology Today, mess is one of the leading causes of stress. Sherry Bourg Carter tells us, “Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.”
Time to clean up the mess.
In order to help you prepare for your retreat it’s important to make sure that your home is clean and tidy before beginning.
The aim is to create a space which is conducive to inner peace. So, tidy up, clean, and make sure your home is in the right state for meditation.
How to do a meditation retreat at home, part 3: Decorate a Room:
In order to make your retreat effective you’re going to want to decorate at least one room of your home.
Remember, you don’t have the luxury of being whisked away to a spiritual vacation here. Your home is your temple for today. And the more beautiful and cathartic you can make your home, the more you will relax, and the deeper your inner peace will be.
Depending on your taste, this room might just be extremely clean, or it might contain specific objects. You might want to get some Buddhist art, perhaps a water feature, maybe a statue of your deity and any other objects that you associate with spirituality, inner peace and meditation.
Here are some objects you might like to include in your meditation retread.
Meditation music (click the link for some beautiful free music).
3. Tell People:
Your friends and family may well wonder what you’re up to when they don’t see you for a weekend (unless, of course, you are doing a group retreat with family and friends). Tell people before hand what you are going to be doing so that they don’t distract you.
You’ve already put together your cushion, mala, statue and other decorative items for your room. But you’re going to want some form of entertainment and perhaps education too.
Remember, this is your weekend away to indulge in spiritual relaxation. You don’t know when you will get this opportunity again. So you want to get the most out of it.
Make sure that you have books, DVD, CDs and other good stuff so you can learn / be entertained. After all, you might not be literally meditating the entire time you’re on retreat. For part of the time you might like to just put some music on or learn about different meditation techniques.
So, be sure to take what you need. Use my guide to the best meditation CDs, DVDs, and books to help you out.
5. What to do during your meditation retreat at home
So now you are completely ready for your meditation retreat at home.
Just one question. What are you actually going to do while you are on your meditation retreat?
“Meditate” you say. But which kind of meditation specifically?
Try these techniques for complete serenity during your retreat.
Breathing: Whenever I begin a long period of meditation I start with breathing. Breathing meditations are perfect for general relaxation and for getting you into a relaxes state.
Read my guide to breathing meditation
Chakra: Chakra meditations are a powerful techniques for general health. As you are doing a complete retreat you have the time to do a proper meditation on each chakra.
Vipassana / Insight: You’ve now got the time to do a good spot of insightful meditation. Personally, when I practice Vipassana meditation I like to do it for at least one hour. That gives me the time to go deep with the meditation.
Read my guide to Vipassana
Loving Kindness: Your retreat shouldn’t focus entirely on yourself. During the weekend you’re going to be giving yourself the time to reflect. You will be reflecting on other people; family, friends and others. Take the time to incorporate at least one hour’s worth of loving kindness meditation.
Read my guide to Loving Kindness
Zen: Ah, Zen, truly one of the most beautiful words ever spoken. “Zen”. It means contemplation. And that’s what your meditation retreat is all about. It’s an opportunity for you to contemplate. Well, and to get away from the dishes. So why not try Zen meditation and find some inner peace while you’re on retreat?
Read my guide to Zen (Zazen)
I would love to know how your retreat goes. Leave a comment.