Taming the Monkey Mind: Total Immersion

I woke up at 2:30 this morning, unable to go back to sleep.  I do that sometimes.

I moved to the couch in my office, picked up my computer, and promptly began to research yoga and meditation retreats. You know, as one does in the middle of the night when slumber is elusive.

I feel like I have done pretty well taming my monkey mind, but I would love to test the premise of total immersion in the context of mindfulness.  I think that my monkey would do well surrounded by tamed neural simians and trained synaptic handlers.  I am drawn to the thought of spending a few days or even a week focusing only on my monkey’s well-being, far away from all the distractions that tend to catch his eye (yes, my monkey-mind is a him; I’m not sure why). Much like Cesar Millan uses his pack to train other dogs, I want to use tamed monkeys to guide my own.

I have done something similar once before.  In the fall after July Disasster, I spent a long weekend at the Mandala Wellness Center for yoga, meditation, and therapy as a solo retreat.  It was there that I found my breath again.  It was there that I moved back into my body.

I am looking for something different now.  I no longer need a personal retreat and I do not require the presence and attention of a therapist.  Instead, this time I want to be in the presence of others who are on a similar journey.  I want to share in the experience. I am no longer looking for healing, rather I am looking to make the good better.

There are many options nearby, but I cannot justify the price.  Options overseas are cheaper, but the airfare is cost prohibitive.  It seems as though the ready made options are out, but I am not giving up.  I am going to see if I can cobble together my own total immersion experience on a budget.  Without sleeping in my car outside an urban yoga studio, that is.

If anyone has any suggestions or knows of any wallet-friendly retreats, please let me or my monkey know:)

 

Thank you for sharing!

10 thoughts on “Taming the Monkey Mind: Total Immersion

  1. sociallyfitblog – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – We are Toronto's largest online Fitness Network. We're here to get engaged and share experiences, in an effort to motivate others to act. Our AFFILIATES are Fitness Professionals, with over 25 years experience in Fitness Management, Administration, Operations, Sports Attire, Yoga, Dance, Nutrition, Coaching, Training, Consulting, Product Knowledge, and Service Excellence. Through our FB, BLOG and twitter accounts we hope to raise awareness in order to fight against the growing epidemic of obesity (59%) in Canada, and around the World. We support and motivate those in need as well as provide in home personal training, meal planning/nutrition, core strength/conditioning, sport specific training, SKYPE training, design individual workout programs and implement Corporate Wellness programs. Get motivated! Get Socially Fit today! Join our AFFILIATE list: http://tinyurl.com/bk9vque For a FREE in home assessment or to become an affiliate please contact shay@sociallyfit.ca Follow us on twitter @Socially_Fit
    sociallyfitblog says:

    I wish I could help you with a retreat because you sound like you could use it. Toronto is a great place!

    1. Toronto has been on my list, especially because I have never been anywhere near that area. I hope to make it someday (especially when it’s the heat of the summer here!).

      1. sociallyfitblog – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – We are Toronto's largest online Fitness Network. We're here to get engaged and share experiences, in an effort to motivate others to act. Our AFFILIATES are Fitness Professionals, with over 25 years experience in Fitness Management, Administration, Operations, Sports Attire, Yoga, Dance, Nutrition, Coaching, Training, Consulting, Product Knowledge, and Service Excellence. Through our FB, BLOG and twitter accounts we hope to raise awareness in order to fight against the growing epidemic of obesity (59%) in Canada, and around the World. We support and motivate those in need as well as provide in home personal training, meal planning/nutrition, core strength/conditioning, sport specific training, SKYPE training, design individual workout programs and implement Corporate Wellness programs. Get motivated! Get Socially Fit today! Join our AFFILIATE list: http://tinyurl.com/bk9vque For a FREE in home assessment or to become an affiliate please contact shay@sociallyfit.ca Follow us on twitter @Socially_Fit
        sociallyfitblog says:

        If you do, you must have dinner with us!

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