What does it mean to consciously retreat? For me, it means consciously unplugging from all of the noise, chatter, distractions and demands of my daily life. It means creating a quiet space where I can listen to my inner wisdom, sink into the silence and reconnect to my soul. At the beginning of this year I set an intention to go on a quarterly retreat. When I retreat there are some essential ingredients that I need to make my retreat meaningful: my journal, a colorful pen, candle, soothing cup of tea, blanket, book of poems, inspirational books, crayons and markers.
My retreats are always at least an hour and sometimes as long as 3-4 hours. There are no rules since it’s my personal retreat. I usually retreat in my living room. It’s important to me to choose a space that feels nurturing and comfortable. Typically, I have a theme for my retreat and I set an intention and write it in my journal. It can be anything from forgiveness, compassion, creativity, courage, willingness, faith, abundance, usually a topic that is calling to me in the moment. When I retreat I make a conscious decision to turn off my phone and computer. This is my time to reflect, meditate, read, write, draw, listen to my intuition. It’s my time to reconnect to my spirit, experience the benefits of silence and simply be with myself.
Consciously retreating allows me to connect with my authenticity, my inner wisdom, my voice, my creativity. It enables me to nurture and care for myself. It provides a space to reconnect to all that is most precious and valuable to me. What about you? How can you consciously retreat today, this week or this month?