A personal retreat is a great step towards valuing yourself and gain more trust in your abilities to create the life you want for yourself. Even 2-3 days away from the normal busy life, with family, work or unfinished projects, can change your outlook and reset your inner balance.
A personal retreat is defined as a dedicated time where you can focus on your inner life and aspiration for a while. Perhaps you might think that going away on a holiday is a personal retreat? It could be, if you make it so, but most often it becomes a get away experience, and not a tuning in reflection. There are 3 major kinds of personal retreat experiences:
- as part of a spiritual tradition that you belong to
- as a last resort to recover from a period of stress or trauma
- as a plan for your inner evolution and a conscious choice
Living in a retreat, I am blessed to focus mostly on the third option with a plan for my inner continuous evolution. And those who come here to do their own retreats, value this intention. The main obstacles for gaining inner clarity is: outer and inner stress factors such as interruptions, distractions and emotional reactions to life in general, which can be overwhelming.
Here is how you can do your own personal retreat, wherever you are.
Firstly: Make a conscious choice to take time for you. Even one hour sitting in a park undisturbed can be a personal retreat. The main thing is your intention to be in your center, because only people who are in their center can access their inner wisdom. All problems in life come from being separate from your center. Becoming centered means being balanced on all the levels including your chakras, emotional states and relations with others. To make a change, we may need to take a break, and just nurture ourselves for a while. So make a conscious choice to take time for you!
Secondly: Make it happen, say no to distractions and say yes to yourself. This is not a sign of selfishness, but a sign of self preservation. How could a person continue, giving to others without fulfilling, and refilling themselves?
Thirdly: Make sure you enjoy your personal retreat without guilt, shame and regret. Things may come up if we stay still and reflect. This is a good thing! Just be aware that those things are the obstacles that put a stop to your happiness. In a retreat you have time to process such things, and let go. The Dalai Lama said: May All Beings Be Happy! If more people would be happy there would be less strife and pain. And you deserve to be completely happy, not later but now!
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Many Blessings/ Margherita