Spiritual retreats help people in getting up and to be close with God. It helps them to find answers to their confusions and also to calm their mind. There are various ways in which people can take this kind of retreat, they can either go into this retreat in solitude, with small groups or with motivational and religious organizations. Few retreat ideas are as follows:
In many cases of spiritual retreats, people take part in them along with their spouses. The main reason for taking part in these together is the fact that it is God Himself who makes the unions and one should thank Him for that and the other reason to take part in these is to give a thought and think about ways for making the relationship work peacefully. With the run after the worldly affairs, people do not get time to spend with each other and this strain the relationship between the couple. Going in to these retreats not only gives them time together to pray and meditate together but also gives them time to talk and think about the relationship.
There are many spiritual retreats which are taken in times of low self-esteem, lack of confidence or at times of failures. In this kind of retreats, people both seek the wisdom of a motivational or religious speaker and try to understand where they are going wrong. Many people go into this kind of withdrawal alone as they want to introspect and spend some time in solitude. They take along with them motivational books and religious books and study them to understand own mental state. Meditation brings out a sense of calmness in them which helps them to be confident and be self-assured.
Activity based retreats
People need a lot of will power and dedication to go into this kind of withdrawal. Just praying and meditation cannot hold their attention of the people for long. In order to achieve success in their retreat, they should plan some activities and recreational ideas which not only will keep them engaged but also refresh their mind and body. Some of the activities which the people on spiritual vacation can do are:
- Engage in some good reading apart from the religious and motivational books
- Play group games like treasure hunt etc.
- Exercise and yoga practice
- Take long strolls into the woods
- Maintain a journal
Among the many common types of prayer retreats there is another kind of retreat known as the silent retreat. It is one of the most powerful type of retreat as this way an individual will be free from any kind of noise and refrain themselves from making petty talks. They can unanimously devote all their time to God, in praying, reading books in calm and self-introspection. The ideal location for silent retreats is a calm and noiseless place. In this type of retreat a person understands the working of nature and can marvel the beauty that God has created without any disturbances.
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