Aaron Rodgers, the star quarterback of the NFL’s Inexperienced Bay Packers, simply returned from a darkness retreat in Oregon, the place he deliberate to determine whether or not he would play subsequent season or retire.
Showing on Aubrey Marcus’s podcast, Rodgers spoke for the primary time about his journey into darkness for 2 days.
“I spent components of a few days imagining what it could be prefer to retire after which imagining what it could be prefer to proceed to play,” he mentioned.
Final month, Rodgers checked right into a sensory deprivation facility referred to as Sky Cave Retreats for a protracted keep in a room fully devoid of sunshine. He had beforehand mentioned that he was spending the time in isolation “have a greater sense of the place I am at in my life.”
When requested if the darkness retreat shed any gentle on his resolution, Rodgers mentioned he nonetheless wasn’t positive however would know quickly.
“I actually needed to ponder some issues with some relationships in my life, some household stuff, after which clearly profession stuff, simply sort of let no matter was gonna are available, are available. And it did. It positively did,” Rodgers mentioned.
He mentioned he anticipated some individuals wouldn’t be happy along with his reply.
“When you do not prefer it and also you suppose it is drama, you suppose I am being a diva or no matter, then simply tune it out,” he mentioned about this large resolution. “That is high-quality. However that is my life. It is essential to me, and I am going to decide quickly sufficient, and we’ll go down that highway and be actually enthusiastic about it.”
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Extra particulars on the retreat
Earlier than getting into the retreat, Rodgers advised “The Pat McAfee Present” that he was happening the darkness retreat for 4 days. However based on reporting by ESPN, he minimize his keep brief by two days.
Scott Berman, who owns Sky Caves, mentioned that Rodgers stayed in a 300-square-foot room that’s partially underground construction and pitch black. His lodging included a queen mattress, a rest room, and a meditation mat.
Rodgers admitted to Marcus that it was troublesome to maneuver in the dead of night.
“The worst half was being disoriented, popping out of a type of like meditations the place you suppose the mattress’s over right here. And that is how I bumped into issues a number of instances as a result of I believe, ‘I am good,’ and bang — I bumped into the wall, or dang, there’s the tub.”
However in the end, he discovered the darkness worthwhile.
“All of the solutions are proper inside me, and I touched a lot of them — and positively the emotions — on either side through the darkness. I am grateful for that point,” he mentioned.