Let’s face it, we’re connected 24/7 and life moves fast. Just as we think we have everything under control, we get thrown a curve ball that rocks the foundation our life is sitting on … and it feels like we have to start all over again in creating a structure that supports our health, our happiness and our future moving forwards.
Sometimes we’re moving so fast that we’re left with our heads spinning, and it can seem like there isn’t enough time and space to stop and really work out what direction we need to be heading and what we need to get there.
Some of us are lucky enough to have people in our lives that can help us with this work, but even then there’s only a miniscule amount of time that we allow ourselves to spend with them.
We very rarely prioritise ourselves ahead of the needs of others; we are almost always ‘giving in’ to the demands of life as they arise. We’re reactive, not proactive. We float from crisis to crisis, and we lurch from mini-break to holiday to mini-break, because this is our means of having something to hold onto that keeps us moving forwards.
But what if there’s another way?
What if I told you that it might be as simple as retreating at least once a year? To be able to find the time and space to learn the things you need to learn to take you forward in leaps and bounds?
- When you deliberately take time away – specifically to spend time sitting in quiet meditation and surveying the world from a different view point – you can’t help but see things differently. When you see things differently it suddenly becomes possible for you to see that you might be able to live in a different way.
- Giving yourself time and space frees up your brain power from the everyday activities that keep you dancing to the same tune. When you can free up brain power, you allow your creativity to flow. When your creativity flows uninterrupted, you can find yourself having revelations about the different ways you can do things.
- When you retreat from your normal life, you get to experience life in a different format. Different experiences tell us a lot about the things that work for us and therefore about the things that we should find more space for in our lives. It also gives us time to contemplate those things that distract us and don’t serve us well – and find ways to move them on.
If you’re convinced that a retreat will help you to find time to focus on your way forwards, then the following will help you make sure you get the most out of your time:
- Treat your retreat as a professional/personal development course. If you view your retreat as a ‘getaway’ then you probably won’t get out of it what you need to move your life forwards.
- A formal retreat provides you with a great framework to make the most of your time. Don’t waste the opportunities that a retreat away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of everyday life gives you.
- Make sure that the retreat you choose is a combination of meditation, relaxation, exploration and socialising. Exploration means outings, sightseeing and finding ways to enrich your memory bank – and your soul. This combination will allow you the space to access the mindset you need, whilst also giving you the motivation and inspiration to get your creativity flowing. It also allows you to socialise with people (potentially from all over the world) who can help you see and experience things from a different perspective. This is important because a shift in mindset can open up a whole new world of possibilities for your way forward.
Most importantly, be open to experiencing things in a new light and with a new outlook. The more open you are to new experiences, the more you will consciously notice the things that are happening around you. The more you notice, the more consciously you will make decisions for your own life. If you can train yourself to consciously make decisions, you will be more attuned to working out the direction you need to take and what you need to get you there.
Making a commitment to yourself to take the time to retreat once a year can change the way you live your life. After you’ve retreated once you’ll be hooked, and a yearly retreat will be the first thing on your ‘must do’ list every year.
There is a very different way to live, and life can be really simple when you make the time to retreat and work out exactly what you need.
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Bronwen Sciortino is a Simplicity Expert, professional speaker and the author of ‘Keep It Super Simple – Tips from a Recovering Perfectionist’. Join the conversation by subscribing to the tribe at www.sheiqlife.com; Facebook; Instagram or LinkedIn.