Retreat. There is a luxury implied in having a place to get away from every bit of “modern world stuff”. Getting away is a chance to unplug all technology while you plug into something much greater than your cell phone or the Internet. Of course, that greater power is that of nature and your own true nature!
Retreat does not need to involve a huge trip, a special resort or an agenda of activities prescribed for your body, mind and soul. Retreat can be as simple as turning things off for a day and being simple.
(my favorite is an organic rose petals from the flower mart, not an everyday thing, but a special occasion!)
Generally, I will “retreat” when I have a cold (my body’s way of saying “slow down”), but I have started doing this when I simply feel unclear about things or unexcited when I should be excited. A step away from the eye of the storm helps to get the type of perspective that can be game-changing. It may feel counter-intuitive to take a break when you need to make loads of decisions and produce a lot of stuff, but that’s the beauty of a retreat… it restores your intuition and greater clarity….so you might want to give it a go.
Intention can create a special environment with purpose. While I usually know why I need to take a break day, you may want to set an intention for your retreat. Its not like you can’t think or explore ideas in retreat, you just don’t have pressure, distraction and interference.
Dim the light. Light a candle and watch it burn. I particularly love watching beautiful candles burn and morph into other shapes.
Add texture. Wrap yourself in a great blanket. Plushness, fringe… all excellent for the senses!
Burn a meaningful air purifier. Natural incense fills the air with a ritualistic smoke of goodness. This one, Palo Santo, is delightful. Sage wands are always good.
Sip. Herbal tea in a beautiful pot always makes me feel much better!
Eat fresh, eat raw. Small amounts of raw food, like bananas sprinkled in coconut flakes, spread throughout the day, make for a day-long break for your digestive system.
& Do not turn on the lights when it starts getting dark. Go to sleep with the sun if you can, and sleep with blinds open so you wake up with the sun the next day.
Of course, these are just ideas. Key is no TV, no technology, no long conversations, no nonsense… simple and quiet and great-feeling self-rejuvenation. Have fun reveling in your own retreat days, even if they are simple stay-cations! xoxo Dana
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