I just completed a six day silent meditation retreat at the Redding Center for Meditation. This center is a real hidden treasure in Fairfield County. Beautiful property, well trained buddhist monks in residence, great cuisine, interesting membership, and most offerings are by donation – so everyone can afford to attend. 35 hours of meditation over 6 days sets a new record for me. Their style of practice involves focusing on hand movements, instead of the breath. This technique makes it a lot easier for the mind to remain focused, rather than drift off into thoughts, anxieties, or fears.