Top meditation centres to visit for spiritual awakening

End the year on a spiritual note!

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2016, 15:37 PM IST
Top meditation centres to visit for spiritual awakening
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Mumbai: As the year 2016 is nearing its end it is time to reinvent and prepare yourself for yet another exciting year. Want to take the road less travelled? Do something different to celebrate your journey of 2016.

The best way to introspect and get connected with your inner self is through meditation. Here is a list of meditation centres that you can visit to end this year on a spiritual yet enriching note.

1)      Dalai Lama's teachings, Dharamsala

This ashram belongs to Dalai Lama, head of Tibetan teachings of Buddhism. The place is open to and free for all. It is the best way to disconnect yourself from the outer world as phones, cameras and other such things are forbidden along with your tensions! There are several accommodation options including a guesthouse run by the Dalai Lama's brother. Immerse yourself in the peaceful teachings of Lord Buddha this winter.

2)      Lotus of the Desert Retreat, Rajasthan

Located in the exotic and vibrant city of Rajasthan, Ajmer, this retreat is exclusively meant for women. As a yoga retreat it includes exploring your inner journey through diverse activities like yoga, meditation, stopovers to spiritual places, visits to temples and camel safari. Discover and empower yourself in this peaceful journey.

3)      Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

The Ayurvedic Indian retreat is well-known for its spiritual retreats and spiritual treks in the splendid city of Rishikesh. It includes a range of options that the traveller can choose from. Some of them include customised retreat packages, medical interactions with experts, spa and yoga treatments for recomposing you mind and body.

4)      The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru

This place has one important motto- “You can come here with innumerable concerns and botheration, but you cannot take them back with you!” From meditative talks, basic courses on meditation, evening satsangs to doing a seva or service in the ashram, one can satisfy his/her soul. Build the power to deal with difficult situations in life by visiting this enchanting place.

5)      Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune

This place offers on campus and off campus accommodation to its guests. Starting from 6 am, the place conducts ten meditation sessions everyday. It also offers short drop-in sessions of Tai Chi, Chi Gong and Zen archery. Interestingly, the place has unique things to offer at night like music performances, movie screenings. Meditating under full moon is best activity of this resort. 

6)      Dhamma Bodhi, Bodh Gaya

Dhamma Bodhi Vipassana meditation centre in Bodh Gaya, Bihar is the best place to visit if you are interested in acquiring knowledge of Buddhism teachings. The courses range from 2-10 days where 80 seekers are enrolled at a time. Note that students are not allowed to go outside the premises.

7)      Transcendental Meditation, Delhi

Escape from the hustle bustle of the capital city and get yourself enrolled in this meditation centre. Transcendental Meditation is a mental activity where your stress and problems are allowed to vanish in the most natural way. The process is of 20 minutes, twice a day and can be done in any place. This program doesn’t require you to stay in one particular place.  The process goes through seven stages from an Introductory Talk to attending several seminars.

 

It is time to find your inner peace, enhance your wisdom and lead a peaceful life in 2017!