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  • Amina Aitsi-Selmi

My Weekend at a Buddhist Monastery [Wise Wednesdays]

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Have you ever thought of running away to an ashram or monastery? As a transformational coach, I place importance on self-reflection and deep personal growth. Last weekend, I spent three days in a Buddhist Monastery and felt a sense of peace and renewal as I woke up at 4.30am, meditated, and helped with tasks. The schedule, organisation, and values felt familiar, as Buddhist principles and practices have become woven into my daily life.

Buddhist practice emphasises understanding the nature of human experience and living harmoniously. The time at the monastery also reminded me of our core human needs: reminded me of our core human needs: safety, challenge, respect, belonging, growth, and contribution. I was struck by how openly personal challenges were discussed at the monastery - from regretting marriage to feeling disconnected from emotions. Concerns that could have remained hidden for years were shared over a cup of tea or while planting a tree. It made me wonder if we could create a society where we have the skills and space to understand our own feelings and needs and communicate them compassionately to others, trusting that they care and that we can work collaboratively to find solutions that benefit everyone.

[Photo: Sanding the cloister benches on Sunday.] I believe that creating space for deep personal growth is essential to living a fulfilling life and creating a better society. Whether through a weekend in a monastery or simply setting aside time for meditation and reflection, prioritising self-reflection and personal insight is one of the best gifts to yourself. Have a great week, Amina p.s. For insights and new events straight to your inbox, sign up for Wise Wednesdays (link in bio).

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