Meditation Retreats: Understanding the Beauty of Silence

Silence is the doorway to a receptive presence that unlocks the mystery of nature.

Silence is the music of the soul. Not only is the presence of nature unlocked, but also the mystery of our soul. It is in silence that we experience and understand the miracle of our own being, gain wisdom and find the answers to our deepest questions.

My meditation retreats occur in silence. I refer to them as transformative meditative nature retreats. Silence is not just an absence of talking.  It is a space of inner quiet that opens us to the subtle and profound teachings of the earth.  I find that participants in such quietude attune to the stillness in nature, opening the door to a depth of clarity and insight.

At first, naturally, the participants wonder if they can handle the silence.  Yet toward the end of the retreat, they revel in it.

 The retreat builds in silence and there is an extended solo meditation session so that One truly experiences the beauty of deep, undisturbed silence.  The veins of a leaf, colors of a petal, or the sound of the bees are heard and amplified.

Whether it is during the sunrise and sunset meditations, listening to the soothing sounds of the river, sitting in the stillness of the trees, we open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature.

In reality, One is hearing what was always there but missed in the busyness of life.

It is a beautiful thing to be in the wilderness with others, in community, and in a shared silence that is warm, supportive and loving.

 One walks away with bonds to others and a deep appreciation of the meditative quality that nature provides.

 Have you been on a silent retreat?

Sharon Goldblum Ph.D
Founder of Your Nature Quest
Dr. Goldblum is a NYS licensed psychotherapist who has worked on Long Island and NYC with individuals, couples and families for over 25 years. She has been faculty at a training institute for psychotherapists and has founded a Wellness Center and retreats, located in the Catskills. She spends part of the year in India following her spiritual pursuits.