Meditation, meditation retreats and places to relax and meditate in Phuket

Meditation in Phuket

Phuket is an excellent place to practice meditation, due to its many peaceful surroundings and varied settings. You can walk out into the jungle and meditate among leafy shade trees and next to waterfalls, or sit on the beach in the early morning hours and focus on your breathing.

Meditation is central to Buddhist practices

Unfortunately there aren’t any places that focus on teaching meditation on Phuket, so you are best off going to one of the Buddhist meditation retreats in Bangkok or Chiang Mai if you are a beginner.

However, Atsumi Healing, known for its fasting and detoxification programme, offers a Morning Meditation Ritual from 07:00 to 08:30 every day along with yoga classes. Silent Sound Centre in Chalong has a main focus of Reiki but also offers meditation courses, sound meditation and pyramid meditation. They have a 3-day introductory meditation programme as well as packages combining various types of meditation and including Reiki. If you’re in search of an active holiday, you can train in Mixed Martial Arts and Muay Thai, while learning meditation at MMA Phuket.

Although there are many different types of meditation, and instruction in several of them are offered in Thailand, it is Vipassana meditation that is mostly practiced among Buddhists here and this is th form that is advocated and taught at centres and retreats across the country. This method includes the use of walking meditation to help focus and settle the mind into a empty state, without defilements, distractions or awareness of discomfort (such as aching legs).

In addition to the specific walking technic of ‘left foot goes thus, right foot goes thus’ and so on, part of the session includes sitting in the lotus or cross legged position, motionless and concentrating entirely on the motion of breath in and out of your nostrils. The basis of this is that by emptying your mind of potentially biased or distracting thoughts and viewpoints you can more clearly see the world as it really is. Instruction is often very basic and the rest depends on your own self-discpline. The longer you practice, the more successful the session. On meditation retreats practitioners find that by concentrating all their effort on meditating (up to 10 hours a day) with no other activity, you soon find yourself zoned in and achieving a deeper state of meditation.

Once you are comfortable with meditating on your own, there are plenty of excellent, peaceful locations on the island where you can practice. Phuket is surrounded by beautiful islands and beaches that are open to the public. If you aren’t comfortable just wandering out on your own, you can also check yourself into a secluded resort.

One of the quietest resorts on the island is the newly opened Chandara Resort & Spa which claims to be far from everything on the island. At this resort, or one of many similar upscale establishments on Phuket, you can check yourself into a pool villa and mediate next to your own pool. You can eat in one of the resort’s restaurants, or stay holed up in your villa and cook for yourself.

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