Traveling to a retreat necessitates mindfulness. There’s the stillness of the outdoors. You’re not tuning in with car horns or alarms and general urbanity's rush. You’re hearing the buzz of insects, the song of a bird, the frog choirs at night, rustle of palm trees swaying in the breeze and gentle waves breaking close to your door step. These are qualitatively different sounds. Rather than interrupt you, they raise awareness. They bring attention to the present moment. And when night falls and the full moon shines brightly in the sky, you'll realize that the simplest pleasures in life are actually worth gold.