I became more aware of my emotions because of the retreat. These seven days have pushed me to reflect deeply on myself and my emotions, most importantly the ways to deal with it.
Sabeela Siddiqui, Jaunpur, UP
This seven day journey experience was amazing and relaxing. No connection with the outside world in terms of gadgets i.e. mobile phones was difficult in the beginning but after 2nd day it seemed not very important in this journey. I came to realize that I need to love myself and stop extra thinking.
Anjana Madhok, Bareilly
मुझे यह समझ आया है कि मेरे अन्दर जो नकारात्मक भावनाएँ है वे काफ़ी हद तक मेरे स्वयं के सोचने और चीज़ों को देखने के तौर तरीक़ों से आते हैं लेकिन तब भी इन सात दिनों में मैंने पाया कि ये भावनाएँ अभी उस सीमा पर नहीं पहुँची है कि मुझे इतना परेशान करें कि जीया ना जाए। इन सब पर अभ्यास करने से जो कुछ परेशानियाँ हैं उन पर काम किया जा सकता है।
Preeti Devgan, Delhi
मैंने इस retreat जो सीखा वह पूरी ज़िंदगी मेरे काम आने वाला है। मैंने सीखा कि मैं कैसे depression से बाहर आ सकता हूँ और एक ख़ुश ज़िंदगी बिता सकता हूँ।गाँव में visit के दौरान मैंने देखा कि लोग कम सुविधाएँ होते हुए भी ख़ुश रहते हैं।
Piyush Kalia, Bahraich, UP
Today for the first time in my life (as I remember it) I looked in the mirror with genuine love + compassion for myself. It literally does feel like an awakening+ I can’t thank you enough for this key to awareness. I have learnt how to use many positive tools over the years but today I feel actually ready to use them + I am excited to see this transformation unfold. I know it’s not going to be easy to change the flow of the river but you have helped build my faith that I can do it!
Jodie Boyd, Gloucester, UK
The foremost realization that comes to my mind is that the place I kept finding myself stuck-a cycle of justifying my anger with rather virtuous reasons- can be conquered with logic- not just what was feeling like ‘not being true to myself’! May be it will sound arrogant, but without my awareness I have been attached very strongly to ideas like ‘I am good’; ‘I am trustworthy’; ‘I should be spoken to kindly’; ‘I know! (In general)’- now after the analysis of this week I can see that although some of these ideas I have been attached to and that I have made my identity are not inherently bad and in fact a part of healthy sense of self, I had become as rigid in those ideas, that my anger or sadness/ self doubt were arising when those ideas were challenged by people I am close to and via incidental input.
Also I started to grasp the real path to forgiveness which has puzzled me in the past. Got a confirmation for ‘that small still voice’- that I should listen to it and examine it as it hold a world be you’d my current imagination.
Mackenzie Shreve, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Single pointed meditation was wonderful to control my mind and sharpen it. I learnt about the various inputs that disturb our mind and how to overcome them and aim for genuine happiness. I learnt to be more aware of what goes in my mind.
Rajneesh Madhok, Bareilly, UP
It gave me a space to be with myself and pay attention to the inner confusion or conflicts. The concepts discussed during the retreat were reminding me of my previous understanding on these concepts and in fact evolving it further. I did gain a lot of conceptual clarity and could come out of some practical tips to control and channelise my emotions. Meditation was bliss. I have received it again and will continue to practice it. :) The flow of the retreat was very logical.
Jeewika Bhat, Bir, HP
My attachment to people and objects and how it is causing anger, fear, anxiety and sadness.
The power of meditation in controlling/ reducing the extra thinking
What makes me happy- not what I do to my body, but to the mind!
The addiction to my emotions is what is causing the problem and the addiction can be transformed if I am aware about it.
Training the mind is not easy, but also not impossible, it requires practice.
This seven day journey has induced faith in the transformation process and this is kind of huge motivation for me :)
Pooja Chahal, Delhi
This retreat changed my perception of looking at life. I found the way by which I could search for the inner peace- meditation. It helped me to find real me. My heart is filled up with great joy and divinity. It’s hard for me to explain my emotions in words. I realised how things become easy when we respond with a respect for others’ point of view, give enough space to everyone in life, making people comfortable by your friendly approach, developing good listening skills, giving liberty to loved ones and ‘LET THINGS GO!- that’s very important’.
Himadri Purohit, Vadodara, Gujarat