What to do when you get to your retreat:
- Create an entry ritual. Light that candle, toss a leaf in the air, sit quietly and breathe. Or do all three.
- Read something inspiring. Write or draw what you are hoping for from the retreat. Pray. Meditate. Sing. Do something physical.
- Allow what you feel to unfold. Many people are so busy and overstimulated they become uncomfortable being alone and are easily bored. Think about other generations before us, how simple their lives were, how much downtime their brains had. Allow boredom. It’s good for you.
- Take a nap if you need to. I’m one of those busy, overstimulated people. One of the first things I find when I get to my retreat, is an overwhelming need to sleep. I take a nap, and wake up truly refreshed and ready to delve into the depths of my experience. I’ve begun to anticipate the inevitability of that nap, and submit to it as part of my entry ritual.
ENJOY YOUR RETREAT AND REVEL IN YOUR SOLITUDE.
Harvest whatever it holds for you.
(Dang, I'm starting to sound new-agey, must have grown up hippie or something)
- When you leave, create an exit ritual. Close everything up. Pray and be grateful for the time you had to richly experience whatever gift that retreat brought you.
- Begin planning your next one! Retreats are good for your mind, body and soul.
I have a retreat book and was thinking how it might be a gift to offer out…the steps of and to retreating. such a beautiful thing and mucho needed!!! thank you for this. very sweet what you do, Toby!!!
Thanks so much for sharing that, Stephanie! I’d love to see your book someday!
‘Many people are so busy and overstimulated they become uncomfortable being alone’
So true …
Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂
Hope you have one soon! Saw on your blog that you’re taking a break…