I just wanted to write to you to say what a wonderful experience I had at the winter retreat in December and more amazingly what a positive impact it had on my blood pressure.
I was determined to come to the retreat as I had been unable to come in the past years because I had been on dialysis. Now a short time after my kidney transplant when I no longer need to be hooked up to a dialysis machine I had every-will to make the trip to Athens and then to the hotel in the mountains, and I am so glad I did…
…Before my trip I had a period of great stress relating mostly to work and the general lifestyle in London. When I got to Athens I was exhausted, but I was greeted at the airport by Omilos’ members who very kindly dropped me off at the hotel and looked after me with such kindness and compassion throughout my trip- thank-you all.
In Athens I was so excited and happy to see the Omilos building and meet everyone. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, even in my tired state, I felt my soul being awakened. After a couple of days in Athens we were ready to drive up to the mountains and the retreat hotel…
…I found it relaxing attending the daily meditation sessions after breakfast and the talks and meditation in the evenings. During meditation I felt very calm, slowly let go of the stress and exhaustion and I sensed the calmness and acceptance of everyone in the room. I got a lot of hugs, felt the warmth and care from everyone and in return felt a deep sense of care and love for everyone there. I just felt looked after in a way I have not felt in so long.
When I got back to London I noticed something I had not expected, first of all the sense of calm and serenity I had developed with everyone stayed with me for a good couple of weeks. I was able to gently manage stressful situations without feeling stressed, I was able to accept people at work I had previously had conflict with, but most amazing of all when I measured my blood pressure on multiple occasions I noticed it had come down to a normal blood pressure and I did not need to take my blood pressure tablets for about 10 days. Some might say that blood pressure change was due to the climate and pressure change from the mountains. But in reality, I was not up in the mountains long enough to have this affect. I am sure the normalisation of my blood pressure was because of meditation, the calmness, the good clean air, the sense of being looked after and ultimately release and letting of stress and being around the wonderful spiritual people.
So thank-you, it was an incredible spiritual experience and I’m glad I was able to come.