|Life Coach, Annapolis, Arnold, Maryland, Personal Retreats, Personal Coaching|
the impact of retreating on your life
I took a half-day retreat approximately 8 years ago that changed me. Bursting with indescribable color and drama, I watched the horizon as I hiked alone one morning to the top of Phoenix’s South Mountain. My husband had left for work, the children, off to school. There up on the mountain, I delved into all my questions about my life. The “what if's” the “should I’s”, the “only if's”..... and the clinchers.... “who am I” and "what am I meant to do in this world."
I didn’t know it then, but I was putting my intention out there - to Nature, to God, the Universe, a Higher Power, my Wiser Self, whatever your personal word might be.
A turning point happened on that retreat, and from that day on, retreating became a priority in my life. I am certain that ~ that experience ~ and the many retreats that followed, bridged a connection to my life’s calling, to a healthier marriage, to deeper relationships in my life, and most importantly, to my relationship with myself... That hike, to be sure, catapulted me to higher ground and amazing life change.
To go on a retreat is to invite change. Any retreat, any conscious time you immerse yourself in Self-care with an open heart, creates change. It can shift stuck relationships, it can restore and heal, it can show you a new perspective. When you’re in a rut, a retreat can shake things up and begin the process of change. The change can be a faint notion, a clear step, or a giant leap in a direction that feels good and right.
So, how do you invite these life altering changes into your life? Retreat ~ whatever form that might be. Each time you act from your deep self, each time you remember to be still and listen, each time you take a step toward something you wish to change or forgive yourself, pause and take it in. Notice the ripples of change in your life following a retreat. The more you retreat, the more the ripples become stronger. Retreating is strength training for the soul.
Jennifer Louden talks of those changes in her book, The Women’s Retreat Book.
Specific ripples to watch for:
Know that, when you retreat, you are retreating for everyone in your life. Time away, connecting soulfully to who you are and what you value, is not only a gift to yourself, but to others as well. You will find that, away from the busy-ness of the world, creative thinking emerges. Ideas on how to enrich the lives of others will occur spontaneously, along with the energy to implement them. Retreating is one of the most empowering actions you can take for yourself and for the planet.
So, retreat for yourself ~ retreat for everyone you care about. I guarantee it will change your life as it did mine.
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