You’ve seen it promoted by all the great teachers – the spiritual retreat.
‘Come and join me for a 3 day mindfulness workshop in Thailand’
‘Book a place on our meditation weekend workshop in Maui’
‘Learn the art of stillness on a paradise island’
My problem is that I’d probably be OK with my stillness training in paradise. I think I’d be pretty mindful on my own in Thailand. I’d find meditation pretty easy in Maui.
Surely spiritual training would be better in the midst of craziness, in the thick of life and while experiencing pain and hurt. Spiritual growth is hard in life because of the bad times, the evil that persists and the encounters with the dark knights of the soul.
The main problem with the spiritual retreat is contained in the title…
Why do we have to retreat from life to be spiritual?
It’s a systemic problem in all enlightenment searching, you must retreat from life in order to fully connect to it.