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Advantages of a Spiritual Retreat

Tasneem and Naheed
Written by Tasneem and Naheed

7 Advantages of a Spiritual Retreat

The word retreat means to withdraw. The purpose of a spiritual retreat is to step back from the stress and preoccupations of daily life, and to turn one’s focus inwards, towards realising the truth of “Who I am,” and exploring the essence of one’s existence.

The word holiday originates from ‘holy day’, which was originally intended as a spiritual retreat – a time to step back from worldly activities, and to reconnect with a sense of inner peace.

In today’s busy, competitive world, constantly chasing after ‘something more’ creates a chronic state of anxiety, and a sense that something is always missing. This feeling of emptiness and discontent is the precursor of much unhappiness.

When we take a vacation for the purpose of recreation or tourism, the chances are that we’re still rushing around, or trying to occupy ourselves with external means of fulfilment, or maybe even over-indulging in unhealthy pursuits. This leaves little time to connect with ourselves.

A spiritual retreat gives you the opportunity to ‘detox’ emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically by enabling you to:

  1. Focus On Your wellbeing: The whole focus of a retreat is on nurturing one’s own wellbeing, making it a more effective way of facilitating rest and relaxation. All mundane activities are taken care of by others, giving you freedom to spend quality time with your own self, discovering what makes you feel good and doing that.
  2. Make inner peace a priority: Retreats tend to be in peaceful surroundings, conducive to creating inner peace. Meditation is frequently taught, training the mind to become still, and to appreciate the present moment with gratitude. This enriches our experience of life. So you’re more likely to return from a spiritual retreat feeling revived and rejuvenated.
  3. Strengthen your sense of ‘self’ and purpose: Activities like meditation, energy healing, nature walks, encourage self-reflection and focusing on one’s own thoughts, feelings and inner being– the aim is to ‘Meet Yourself’ and to accept yourself with love and self-compassion. Being able to do this is the key to living a life of peace and purpose.
  4. Let nature help you heal: Modern spiritual retreats are frequently located in areas of natural beauty, away from pollution. Proximity to nature has been shown to promote healing: reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Emotional and psychological wellbeing are also improved: anxiety and depression are alleviated, and concentration is enhanced.
  5. Unite with kindred spirits: Sharing memorable moments with like-minded people gives the opportunity to build relationships that may last a lifetime. Deep, soul-searching conversations may be triggered as people support each other to grow emotionally and spiritually.
  6. Release fear & have fun: Sharing memorable moments with like-minded people gives the opportunity to build relationships that may last a lifetime. Deep, soul-searching conversations may be triggered as people support each other to grow emotionally and spiritually.
  7. Fast track your personal & spiritual growth: Receive guidance from experienced instructors on how to realign your thoughts and inner experience in a positive and peaceful way, to bring harmony into your life. The skills you learn will continue to benefit you long after the retreat is over. All this while spending prime time in an environment which is conducive to personal and spiritual growth.

Retreat……& Return Reborn

About the author

Tasneem and Naheed

Tasneem and Naheed

Tasneem Shah is an award winning and accredited Energy Healer. She has over 20 years’ experience practising and teaching Healing and Meditation in the UK and abroad, including Scandinavia, South America and Morocco. As a child, she was inspired by her grandfather (a respected Healer) to learn about natural Healing methods. Later, seeking solutions to the difficulties in her own life, she started learning various Healing systems. This strengthened her Healing power – to heal herself, and others. Healing has become her passion and vocation – she usually knows intuitively what is troubling someone and how to heal them. Thus, she has enabled positive change in the lives of many people – old and young. Tasneem is the founder of 7 therapies, including Meet Yourself Therapy (MYT)and Meet Yourself Meditation (MYM).

Naheed Ali is also a Healer, and a dentist, qualified from Guy’s Hospital, London. Her passion for personal development and helping others, led her to train as an NLP Practitioner, and as a Personal Performance Coach and Youth Coach - for which she received distinctions. She has empowered many people, through her workshops in schools and community organisations. Meeting Tasneem, and experiencing the power of healing and meditation, changed Naheed’s life. Since then, the two have been friends and work partners. Naheed worked with Tasneem to develop the 7 therapy courses (including Meet Yourself Therapy and Meet Yourself Meditation), and to get them approved worldwide.
Their goal is to inspire others to facilitate positive change in themselves and in their lives through MYM, in the UK and abroad. The Ultimate Aim of MYM is to support people in achieving inner peace and compassionate interactions with others, thus promoting a spirit of brotherhood and world peace.

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