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Question for September 7, 2014: Surprises of Retreat
Medivate — 3 years ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever completed a meditation retreat? If so, what part of that experience most surprised you?

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gordon — 3 years ago — permalink
What surprised me the most was the intensity of the feeling or impulse to share a joke and yet knowing I could not, because we are in silence, and finding that quite funny.

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davidbhayes — 3 years ago — permalink
I think I'd probably really struggle with that silence aspect too. I'm generally a pretty quiet and reserved person, but I think a hard barrier of "always refrain from speaking" would be kind of jarring to me as well.