A meditation retreat with Padma lingers on the soul
Articles by Pamela Irving
The hallmark of a truly great retreat is not necessarily what happens while you are there, but what lingers long after it is over.
Thus it was with Padma’s weekend meditation retreat at Bodega Ridge Resort on British Columbia’s Galiano Island in November 2013.
Padma is world renowned as a guru through TV’s ONE channel, workshops, DVDs, retreats, classes and one-to-one sessions with clients face-to-face, by phone or Skype. She takes her expertise wherever it is called for. Padma is eminently accessible, yet has the distinct air of a spiritual leader. Despite the irrepressible giggle occasionally punctuating her conversation, there is a sense of a deep reserve.
Crossing over the ferry to Galiano Island, I stood at the back of the ship watching the bright full moon rise over the dark calm waters while the other participants chatted under the fluorescent light of the ship.
Padma appeared beside me. “Do you know what you have come for?” she asked. It was a big question, not just idle conversation.
“I have come to learn to meditate,” I said, explaining that though I practise hatha yoga, I have never formally learned to meditate. “An inner calm will help negotiate my full and busy life. Can you help me achieve this?”
She smiled. “Of course. It’s why we are here.”
Throughout the weekend, we performed hatha yoga, learned and practised simple yet effective meditation techniques, wandered through the rainforest, conversed with roommates over homemade food in cozy log cabins and generally decompressed.
When I returned home to Victoria, I was lighter in spirit but deeper in clarity, with glimpses of my true self: calm, pure and free. You cannot put a price tag on that.
Part of me would like to go to Padma’s Meditation and Enlightenment Retreat in the Himalayas. But for now, my life path is here. At home, applying new insights and meditation techniques to the daily discourse of life. I got what I went to the retreat for and with much, much more to explore.
Pamela Irving, owner of Living Communications, finds meditation improves both her personal and professional life.