I was just telling a friend how I use to take 4-5 days and do a silent retreat when I lived in Arizona and California. 5 days of nothing but prayer, meditation, soul searching and silence. At the Yogananda Center in Calif. I had a room to myself, 3 vegetarian meals a day and the dining room faced the ocean. The gong would ring and you had 15 minutes to get in the dining hall before the doors locked and you were on an automatic fast until the next meal.
The silence was wonderful. It seemed to rejuvenate every cell in my body. If one wanted to chat you could go down the 137 steps to the 10,000 coy fish pond and do a walking meditation or meet other guests and chat. No chatting at the retreat center. Those time and those spent at Meditation Mount in Ojai, California have been my most rewarding vacations ever. Silence is truly golden. Try it sometime. Find a monastery, a retreat, ashram or other place for personal reflection and do yourself a favor.
The Queen Cronista