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An invitation to a mini daily retreat

“A retreat can be anything that allows us to intentionally enter another world where time slows to non-existence, silence prevails, and a certain tranquility permeates the atmosphere. Here, in this sacred space, we can replenish our souls, restoring our connection with the eternal. A daily retreat nourishes our inner life and fosters our progress along our unique spiritual journey.”

–Rachel Harris, Ph.D., in 20 minute withdrawals

wake up call

The sun was still quite high in the sky when I sat quietly on the balcony. I had brought two very fat pillows to my bench to make me even more comfortable than usual. I had a free moment, and I didn’t bring a book, I didn’t sit down to plan or write. I decided to sit there quietly and relax.

Scattered thoughts had been popping up to greet me all day as I ran from place to place, pressured to get everything on the agenda done as quickly and conveniently as possible, tense without even knowing it, wishing I could push an escape button and be on the same page. back home in my comfortable dress and slippers.

What were my thoughts?

That right now, my life is moving too fast! That I have SO MUCH TO DO that I’m not attending to myself, my heart and soul, at all. Once again, I had fallen into my crazy routine of staying up late, waking up exhausted and not breathing much as one item on the agenda changed to the next.

Once again, I resolved to slow down and make room for myself in my busy schedule. For peace of mind. For stillness. For an intuitive guide. For connecting more deeply with myself. Join me?

What’s in your Mini Daily Retreat Kit?

I suggest the following…

1) A Journal – Keep your journal close by in case a thought comes to mind that you want to capture. Maybe even a paragraph? But there is no rule that says you have to fill a page. Even a two word documentation of how you feel that day can be meaningful in the future.

2) A Cup of Tea – For me, a cup of chamomile tea is the warmest and most welcoming thing I can think of to add to a retreat. But for you, it could be something else. Hot chocolate? Sweet tea? Give yourself something comforting.

3) A candle: mine smells like a cookie! But anything that smells good or is nice to look at will do. You can even hypnotize yourself by looking at the flame and have a few minutes of meditation.

4) A CD of relaxing music: Music, unless it’s very somber, almost always cheers me up. Anything that lifts your spirits, inspires hope, or makes you feel good would be a great addition to your daily retreat.

How much retirement time are we talking about exactly?

How long would I work for you? Even a ten minute break can be rejuvenating. I sat on my balcony for half an hour, but was completely relaxed in about 15 minutes.


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