Seeking A Moment of Serenity In A Hectic Life…
Retreat comes from the Latin verb “to pull back.”
They are generally focused ‘time outs’ that are aimed at healing.
Sometimes that healing only needs to be rest and pamper, but often during these times of rest we find we begin to look inward, do some self reflecting. Being in an environment that caters to this inner reflection can be super beneficial.
And we are never at a loss for different types of retreats. A simple google search brings up everything from spiritual healing, meditation, yoga, through to family or marriage counselling.
But what happens when you need or crave a retreat but cannot travel, or you simply don’t have the time to take 5 days out of your schedule for some “inner me” time?
I love doing a HOME RETREAT DAY in an attempt to rest, rejuvenate, and recoup.
In the words of Jiddu Krishnamurti, a famous spiritual leader: “I think it is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or don’t believe. You would let fresh air into your minds.”
5 Benefits of doing a retreat
1-Escape from your every day routine with a specific intent: When we go on holiday, it’s time away from our regular routine, regular chores and all our to-do’s that we all seem to get so caught up in.
When you go away for a retreat, or in this case, stay home for a retreat day, you are not only escaping your regular day to day activities, but you are doing so with intent. The intention we set is the energetic vibrational state that we operate from, and it is vitally important, not only in healing but in our everyday life.
Think of it like this: from that intention come the thoughts, words and actions that become our life. These thoughts, words and actions draw the situations and people into our life that we encounter. It is all connected, and it all starts with intention.
Even before we have thought, said or done anything, our intention for how we want to be in the world and the effect we want to have on the Earth is important. When we set the intent do a Home Day Retreat, we are creating a totally different vibrational state for us to be in for the day.
2-Mental and Emotional De-clutter: You withdraw from your regular life, pulling in all the energy that’s otherwise fanned out and thinned out in multiple directions. You become focused, you detox all the thoughts and emotions you have previously undigested and you get rid what you no longer need.
3-Become inspired: Through de-cluttering you are able to open yourself up and breathe life into your life. Your energy becomes spacious and you become inspired. You can get connected to your inner muse. Your creative clarity increases as you become the master creator within your life.
4-Become focused on love by losing the fear: Everyday there is a small part of us that gathers for a confrontation. It may be that desperation you employ in finding a car parking space close to work, it may be getting ready to argue a price discrepancy at the super market, or maybe it’s trying to find the energy to deal with an unsolicited sales call. But there is always a part of us ready to go into battle at a moments notice.
When you attend or do a home retreat day, you allow that part of you to rest. To let go. And when you let go, you move your vibrational level into a higher space. You gather your forces and focus them on love. From this place, you get a new perspective, you regroup and re-energise. You find inspiration. Then you put inspiration into action. You bring that thing you love to fruition.
5- You remember who you are: at your core, your essence. You remember you are a “human being” as opposed to a “human doing”. You can just be you!
Choose a day, get the family to join in and make a day retreat at home. Experience a day away from the media and social pressures, and allow the mind to naturally settle into pure, silent awareness.