50 things to do before you die: go on a silent meditation retreat

meditation retreatAlright, I get the idea that we learn a lot more by listening to other people than we do by flapping our own lips. I also get that deep breathing and meditating is bound to be relaxing. But, and this is a big but, if you are like me and you have trust issues, coupled with the annoying habit of telling people that they are a raving lunatic if they say something which is logically absurd, then it’s almost impossible to keep your gob shut. In fact, I was once kicked out of a Buddhist retreat because I couldn’t stop asking questions.

chakrasOne of the disadvantages of being an ex-philosophy student is that you find it difficult to believe anything on face value and you have to analyse everything. So, as an example, when this Buddhist monk told me to look for my chakras, I asked him, in all seriousness, why they might be hiding from me? He obviously thought I was being facetious and reported me to the Chief of chief monks. This was not my first, nor my last offence!

To chill out

Chill outTo chill out is a common phrasal verb which means to relax. As I’m a bit of a beach bum and an adrenalin junkie I can chill out by sunbathing at the beach or by doing a risky sport such as scuba diving.

How do you chill out? Perhaps you’re a book worm and you chill out by reading a page-turning bestseller.  Or, if you’re a bit of a culture vulture, you might chill out by visiting an art gallery or a museum.

The English language has a lot of different ways to describe the action of relaxing, for example:

  • To switch off
  • To take the load off
  • To lay back
  • To unwind