Friday, December 02, 2005

Need for Retreat



My Cloud Angel


I took this picture this summer from my back yard.




Going Away To Go Within Retreat

Occasionally, we need to pause - and step away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. One way to do this is to get away from our daily life and go on retreat. Far more than a vacation, a retreat offers us time to ourselves to rest, heal, reflect, and renew our spirit. It is a time to cocoon so that we may emerge renewed, refreshed, and ready to return to our everyday lives with a new perspective. A retreat gives us time for uninterrupted meditation so that we may go deep within and spend time with ourselves. A retreat may offer quiet, solitude, and sometimes even silence. Retreats often take place in humble dwellings with simple fare so that our senses may be reawakened to the beauty of unadorned tastes and the sights and sounds of nature. When we spend days in contemplation, we can more easily hear our heart when it speaks to us. We also are able to really listen when a bird sings, deeply breathe in the smell of flowers, grass, or earth, and delight in a soft breeze blowing on our cheek. When we go on retreat we have time to connect to the sacred geometry of a labyrinth, discover epiphanies through asanas, or take a long, reflective walk through the woods where we can give each step our full attention. Without the pull of deadlines, relationships, the Internet, or other media, we give ourselves time to go deep into our own solitude where we can fully reflect on our joys, sorrows, and fears, owning and releasing them as needed. We may even come to know and understand our life path more deeply. Hopefully, when we return home, we can take a little bit of this time alone back with us and create the space for deep reflection on a daily basis. We also may come back to our life renewed and ready to take on the world. The beauty of going on retreat is that no matter where you go or how long you stay, you'll always meet yourself when you get there.

5 comments:

Lisa said...

you made me feel like i was there, listening to the birds sing and feeling the breeze on my cheek. thank you. it was a mini-retreat.

soonerfan78 said...

Ahh, that sounds so peaceful and relaxing, just shut everyting off and read or meditate, stimulus from within...I love that idea

Babs said...

Ahhhh....how refreshing.....
Can you get a tape of Elliott Sadler speaking that for me, please?
Wait, then it wouldn't be so relaxing for me. :)

apositivepessimist said...

okay am i the only one that see's a cartoon fly in that cloud pic. i can even see its eye pupils.

sounds great...i used to go on retreat just by lying in a hammock in my backyard...hmmm i wonder if i can still 'get' myself there.

tazfan said...

The eyes are the angels hair!!