I’m not exactly the “New Age” type, but I’d heard that meditation can do wonders for everything from mood to physical health. While somewhat skeptical, I was intrigued enough to attend a meditation retreat. The 10 days I spent at the retreat ended up being the greatest journey of my life. However, I’d like to know why there were only six nights, because it’s really been bothering me.

Does anyone have any idea whatsoever why there would be four missing nights? I need help.

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Honestly, I didn’t expect to take to the retreat lifestyle as much as I did. From the moment I entered the scenic grounds, I found myself more relaxed and at peace than at any other time in recent memory. Unfortunately, I felt less at ease after day three, when I noticed the sun set and then immediately rise again, skipping the night altogether.

I was able to get back into the rhythm of things the next day during mindfulness training, which helped me relax even though I couldn’t quite wrap my head around why the number of days and nights weren’t lining up. Still, it was jarring when day five ended up being only 25 minutes long and the night between days four and five was a double night.

…I felt less at ease after day three, when I noticed the sun set and then immediately rise again, skipping the night altogether.

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No matter how I do the math, I’m getting 10 full days, but only six nights. It would be great if someone could help me go over these calculations and also maybe give me a general explanation as to what the hell was going on.

Because of the rules, I wasn’t allowed to communicate with anyone else on the retreat about the missing nights, but to be honest, none of them really seemed fazed by it.

Despite all this, I have to say that I enjoyed my time at the retreat. I came to understand many things about myself and learned valuable mindfulness skills that I now use every day. My one suggestion to the organizers of the retreat would be to make a better effort to have it follow a normal cycle where each day has a night, or at the very least explain why this is happening.

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If you or anyone you know attended the Mindful Bliss Retreat in Newport, NC from July 18-28, please get in touch with me. I’d really like to get this figured out.