“Michael, if you think retreats are necessary to learn meditation, why would I pay you for a course? Why not just do a retreat? Isn’t your course just a pale imitation?”
Yes, my course is just a pale imitation. No disagreement there.
Are you kidding me? A 10-day retreat is a serious commitment. You are giving up 10 days of your life (really 12, because you spend a day traveling there and a day traveling back) to do NOTHING other than meditate.
There’s no Internet, no TV, no books, no journaling, no socializing, no music, no anything other than sitting and walking and eating and sleeping.
And you’re probably going to have trouble sleeping.
If that sounds like fun, I hope you do it.
“But, I still don’t get why I should pay you for a course.”
You probably shouldn’t.
Look, the course is good for you if you want to learn what the big deal is with meditation. If you want to understand the basic idea so that you can try it out and see how it fits into your life.
Is it better to do a retreat? I don’t know. Chances are, if you’re asking me this question, you’re not doing a retreat.
Anyway, I hope the course is useful for you. I hope it inspires you to do a retreat, in fact.
When you’re ready, take action.
P.S. There are many forms of action. Paying me for a course is one. It’s called “putting your money where your mouth is”, and it’s a powerful way to commit to something.