I surrendered my handphone, my passport and my wallet on Day One. That was how my 18-day silent meditation retreat started in Taiwan (5 – 22 March). For 18 days, I was cut-off from the outside world, no newspapers and no conversations. I looked deep into my whole being, body and mind. Waking up at 4.00 am and sleeping at 9.30 pm everyday.
I learned to live in the present and let go of the past and the future that arose in my mind constantly. Thoughts and emotions flashed past without us even aware about them if we were not mindful. That is the nature of our minds. So be watchful and be mindful that we do not commit speech and actions that we may regret later.
Through this retreat, I understood it was no easy feat living in the present moment. I could be walking and yet my mind wandered away to something else. I lost the present moment of just walking.
The most important person is oneself. The world continues to move on and time ticking away. These do not matter. There is nothing we can do about it. The only thing we can do is to stay grounded with ourselves in the present moment.