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Meditation Retreats

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By attending meditation retreats, you are able to enjoy the mindful practice of connection to something that is vaster and more profound compared to the individual self. It might seem paradoxical; but the path towards that connection passes through honest self-reflection. While there are many meditation retreats you could attend that increase spiritual consciousness; keep in mind they all require an attitude of integrity and authenticity when looking at ourselves and how people view the world. 


Meditation retreats can be practiced at home or in a place of work. Meditation retreats are beneficial for people that flourish in quiet and seek spiritual development. Meditation retreats have been the subject of numerous studies in the scientific community for many years.


One of the easiest strategies to lower stress is to attend one of Alexa Shackelford’s meditation retreats. Alexa is an expert breathwork therapy teacher and therefore can even help you with entry level meditation that anyone can do. You'll notice an immediate awareness of relaxation that could help protect your health in no time at all.


By going to one of Breathing Back To You’s meditation retreats; you will start to be a gateway into a broader practice of mindfulness in which you learn to accept and appreciate what comes in life and also to stop fighting your own thoughts and feelings. You will now be able to better focus only on your breathing and also to disregard other thoughts that surface.


Meditation retreats are a very essential yet strong part of developing mindfulness meditation practice. After enough sessions; the idea is to be able to concentrate on your breathing’s natural rhythm and flow and also to see how it feels on each inhale and exhale. Focusing on your breath is particularly helpful because it serves as an anchor to place your attention on at any time you begin to feel stressed or triggered from negative emotions.


If relaxation is not the end goal of breathing meditation; it is always the byproduct at a bare minimum. In the 1970’s, Herbert Benson, MD, a researcher at Harvard University Medical School, coined the term "relaxation response" immediately after conducting research on those that attended meditation retreats and practiced transcendental meditation. The relaxation response, is an opposite, involuntary response that causes a reduction of pressure/stress within your sympathetic nervous system.


Since that time, reports on the relaxation response have documented the following short-term advantages to the nervous system:

Reduced Blood-pressure

Increased Blood Circulation

Lower Coronary Heart Rate

Less Perspiration

Slower Respiratory Rate

Less Overall Stress

Reduced Blood Cortisol Levels

Feelings Of Well-being


In Buddhist philosophy, the ultimate benefit of meditation retreats is liberation of your mind from attachment to things you cannot control. The liberated or enlightened no longer wants or clings to experiences; but instead maintains a calm mind and sense of inner harmony.


Below is a quick meditation method you can expect to learn at our meditation retreats:


Sit or lie comfortably. 

You may even desire to invest in a meditation chair or cushion.

Close your eyes. 

Make no effort to control the breath…simply breathe naturally.

Concentrate on your breath and on your body with every inhalation and exhalation. 

Notice the movement of your body while you breathe. 

Relax your chest, shoulders, rib cage, along with your stomach. 

Focus on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. 

If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.

Do this meditation for 2 to 3 minutes to start; and then try it for longer periods.


There are various other breathing meditation tactics. For example, an everyday breathing meditation practice among Buddhist monks focuses directly on the cultivation of compassion. This involves envisioning negative events and recasting them in a certain light by transforming them through compassion.


You will find many common types of meditation retreats practices at Breathing Back To You:


Healing Meditation

Breathing Meditation

Grounding Meditation

Spiritual Meditation

Full Moon Meditation

Root Chakra Meditation

Spirit Guide Meditation

Crystal Meditation

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Meditation retreats are a way to train the human mind in the same way that fitness is an approach to training the body. Meditation retreats encourage you to observe wandering thoughts as they drift past your mind. The intention is to not get involved with all the thoughts or even to evaluate them; but rather to make note of each thought as it arises.


After meditation retreats with Alexa Shackelford, you can see how your thoughts and feelings work in particular patterns. Meditation retreats can wipe away depression, bringing with it inner peace. Meditation retreats do not involve pushing away negative thoughts pretending you never have them. Instead, you notice and accept them and then peacefully let them go.


Stress is a main trigger for depression and meditation retreats can alter your reaction to all of those feelings. Attending meditation retreats trains the brain to hold sustained attention and also to return to that attention when negative thinking, emotions, and bodily sensations intrude. Residual meditation retreats were found to change certain brain regions that are specifically linked with depression.


Meditation retreats can also help prepare the brain for stressful situations. For example, meditating for a few moments before a doctor's appointment or social situation can help alter the brain and body out of this stress response and into a state of relative calm.

Men and women who meditate often report improvements physically, mentally and spiritually. To begin a breathing meditation practice, you need to find a peaceful location, far from the phone, television, friends, family members as well as any other distractions. You'll find there are a number of different techniques to meditate. Give Breathing Back To You a call and schedule your meditation retreats today!

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