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Despite dire warnings ... tsk, tsk ...
Is meditation dangerous?
Is yoga bad for you?
... I have been on a solo retreat, coming to an end shortly. It has been wonderful.
I do an hour of formal practice using the insighttimer app. I have only been out of the retreat house twice, once to a local temple and once for a walk around a nearby boating lake. That really is Rudolph in the pic. He got his red nose whilst listening to the Buddhas first lecture - that is if you can believe stone statues ... The squirrel in the other pic had just been squabbling with local parrots about tree access rights. Parrots won. I reassurred him - all is change ...
The rest of the time I am free to watch the open sky, comedy on youtube and the posts on NewBuddhist. Wot you thought solo retreat meant [insert expectation] ....
My retreat. My rules.
The yoga I am doing is extremely gentle Hatha yoga. Really based around using the mind to relax in a very gentle posture. The child is a good one and the cat asana. I even did a candle meditation, which I have not done for years. Basically you focus attention on a candle flame.
I sleep when I want. Eat when hungry. Bubble bath and chant whenever ...
Fed the local birds and foxes a couple of times. No itinerary, which would not work for me.
Is retreat possible for a short time, internal, best amongst others or done formally?