Recently I had the opportunity to partake in a 10 day silent retreat organized by Dhamma Malaya (http://www.malaya.dhamma.org/), which was something that I had always wanted to do since I chanced across ‘The Equanimous Mind’ in 2015, a book that chronicled the experience of a McKinsey consultant in a similar silent retreat that took place in India.
 
I had dithered on my decision to attend the retreat but somehow ended up making a decision sometime back in July / August to go for it. Perhaps it was because taking 10 days off the crackberry / emails / calls isn’t exactly modus operandi in my industry, and this could potentially be a bonus impacting event come year end. 
 
But even if I did get negatively affected from a bonus standpoint or ended up being made redundant because of this (which frankly I’ll never know), this …