It’s easy to expect meditation retreats to be a magic solution to all our problems. We go, we meditate under expert guidance, and suddenly everything will be right with the world – right? Not so fast. Here are a few things you might not expect from your experience at Sedona meditation retreats – and your life afterward.

Silence and Stillness are Harder than They Sound

The vision of a person sitting in peaceful silence and stillness is one that many people try to achieve during meditation retreats – only to have their hopes for being that person dashed by a dose of reality. The truth is that it’s not easy to be still or silent.

Being still can cause muscle cramps or fatigue for those who aren’t used to it. Of course, you’re not required to be a statue during your sessions but keeping movement to a minimum is encouraged – and may be difficult for those who tend to fidget and shift a lot.

Likewise, being quiet can be difficult for the average, modern person. We spend so much time talking to our spouses, our children, our friends, and coworkers – even our pets! Switching to complete silence for hours at a time can be difficult. However, it’s all part of the process of reaching inside and becoming more in tune with yourself, so do what everyone else does as they learn and grow at the meditation retreat: just keep trying!

Reentering the World Will Be Weird – At First

When you first come home, it will seem like a whole new place. Even if you’re only away for a few days at your Sedona meditation retreat, you’ve just come back from an immersive experience. Everyone else in the world around you has been living as normally for that time, meaning they haven’t undergone a significant shift in their focus. Melding back into the roles you left a few days ago can be a little difficult or even overwhelming as you readjust to constant noise, socialization, and multitasking.

Soon, though, you’ll see the benefits of your time away. When a crisis arises, you’ll feel calmer and more collected. When things are quiet, you’ll be able to use that time meaningfully. It may take a while to get to that point, but when you do, you’ll see that it was all worth it!