Recently, I embarked on a Solo Meditation Camping Retreat for 5 nights. It allowed me to get out of all the chaos of the mind created world and get back to a more natural one. During this ESCAPE, I did about a total of 33 hours of Meditation sits and below I share my journey.
The retreat was done at a Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada during more of the offseason which allowed for a more quiet and deserted experience.
During this time I spent about 7 hours a day meditating formally and during the rest of time focusing on mindfulness in all tasks that were done. Basically, it was 4 full days and 2 half days, since the two days were traveling and putting up and taking down the equipment.
Each night I created a Video Recap which can all be seen below. They briefly summarize the day and talk about some things that were done.
Each sit was also journaled with more depth and those entries can be seen below as well.
I also added some pictures from the journey that you might like.
Hope you enjoy!
On a side note, I am vegan so the whole trip was just eating mostly fruits and vegetables.
Have you ever asked yourself this question before, What’s Missing in this Moment?
This is a great question especially when you have been floating around in mind space (Future and/or Past) for way too long and have gotten stuck there-believing your mind that life sucks and that there is so much missing in your life.
Remember that the mind is never satisfied with anything, and it will continue to come up with countless missings in your life no matter what is gained, if you continue to be trapped in it’s fiction. In REALITY though, if you actually take the time to contemplate this question…What’s Missing in this Moment? You will find that in fact nothing is actually ever missing. All is how it needs to be, always.
If this realization can be experienced even once deeply, it can have a huge shift in your life because the mind will never stop with trying to finding something missing in any situation, and you will keep getting sucked into this trap many more times then is ever needed.
When you’re sucked into traps, it’s nice to have tools to be able to break out of them. This question…What’s Missing in this Moment? is a tool one can use when needed.
Just like any tool in life, you must first get familiar with how it works and get comfortable using it. Once you practice using this question often, you will become quite masterful with it and with that will come much more peace and joy in each moment.
This is just a suggestion based on my own observations, so if you want to try it out then do so. If you don’t use this method that is fine of course too, but at least then just observe for yourself how your mind is continuously finding missings in everything.
The saddest part in all of this is that the only thing that is actually missing is you seeing actual real life now, which is never missing anything, EVER.
Happy to Announce the Launch of my Book – Be Human, Not a Zombie: A Guide to Finding Your Fundamental Nature
Rated #23 Best Seller on Amazon.ca – Self Help – Spiritual
What its about… I have spent 4 years doing an empirical experiment on myself (10 000+ hours – through meditation, self-inquiry, yoga, and mastery) Basically trying to unravel Truth from within and this is what I have discovered.
It’s basically a guidebook to help you to discover who you are in your most fundamental nature and to live life from there rather than just living from society’s and your mind’s distortions. You are not what you think you are and most of your suffering in life comes because of that deception that has been and continues to be perpetuated by your mind.
Oh did I mention there is pictures-my artwork inside.
Just Launched my Book on Amazon and would be soooo great if you guys checked it out. It’s available in both Print and ebook. I would recommend the print as it’s reasonably priced and it turned out quite cool! There is artwork in both versions but in the print version was able to format it way better.
Basically, this book is a guide to help you get back to your Truth. I have experimented on myself by doing an investigation for 4 years (10 000+ hrs) through the means of meditation, self-inquiry, yoga, and mastery work, and this is what I have unraveled through the journey.
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If you do decide to buy a copy and read it (lol) I would love to hear your thoughts about it. Also, if you could rate it and leave a review that would be fantastic!!
I have been working on raising my consciousness for 4 years now and here are the things that I have been able to notice through this journey.
-Always stuck in the mind
-Eating and drinking unhealthy foods
-Drinking alcohol often
-Doing what society does
-Watching a lot of porn
-Competing against others
-Attached to possessions
-Constantly lying to myself and others
-The main focus in life was to make a lot of money
-Secretly needing to know more than others
-Many tough days
-Annoyed with challenges
-Scared of death
Although all these items listed above seem negative, they were all needed to be experienced, and are the reason why I even started working on becoming more conscious.
One must experience life on the external world fully and be totally emersed in it in order to realize eventually that no matter what is accomplished, it will never be enough to satisfy the mind and be fulfilled.
One must start raising their consciousness to find Truth and below is the list of items that have changed for me when I started walking on this path.
-Frequently at peace
-Switched to a vegan lifestyle
-Deeper connections with others
-Removing addictions (Porn, Junk food, Low conscious entertainment, etc)
-Non-attached to things
-Living from authenticity
-Doing things to help others and raise consciousness
-Not being attached to knowledge
-Seeing more depth and life in the world
-Just enjoying existing
-Fewer tough days
-Able to respond to challenges much more easily
Of course, there are still the occasional things that come up and make life challenging, but the way one approaches these things is night and day when becoming more conscious. Out of all the achievements in my life so far, raising my consciousness is so far beyond everything else that it’s impossible to explain to someone who has not already started this journey. It’s not even an achievement because it’s just Truth, and no outer things can compare to Truth.
To a person that is consumed by their mind and not realized who they are yet, this list might seem airy-fairy because it seems like living in such a way is just boring and blah, but think as you wish as that thinking is what is preventing you from living life in a much deeper way.
Here is a simple way to use your hands to become more conscious.
Take a deep breath and focus your attention as totally as possible in the present moment.
Take whichever hand you want, either the right or left and bring it palm up to your face (not too close) but enough to be able to see all the details.
Start observing as much of the details as possible (look at all patterns, the lines, the textures, etc). Keep looking for about a minute without thinking about it but just totally observing all that is right in front of you.
Admire all that is and realize the complexity that is this piece of existence.
Ask this question…
Who/What is looking at this hand?
Try to really get a sense of yourself or the entity that is seeing this hand. Continue just observing and not trying to answer this logically. Try to connect to this higher consciousness of being both aware of the hand and the you that’s perceiving this hand.
That’s it, pretty simple, right?
The whole point of this exercise is to notice that most of the time during your day and life, you are just trapped in your mind and thinking about all sorts of things instead of being the total awareness of all that is being experienced in the current moment.
Awareness is a massive skill that one possesses, but unfortunately for most humans, it is never utilized.