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Create Your Own Retreat
The goal of any retreat is to get away from your usual environment and connect with yourself; to dig deep, and find that safe loving space within yourself.
Writing is a chance to organise your thoughts and feelings. When a feeling is named, it can be understood and tackled. Writing helps me become aware of exactly what is bothering me. It’s a tool to coach myself.
The words we speak to ourselves on a daily basis have a profound influence on how we feel and what we create in our own lives. But when our environment becomes overwhelming, writing is a way of dusting off the carpet. Getting it out instead of keeping it in and letting it float around in your head.
But remember to write down good feelings too! I’m not quite sure how this happens, but I’ve found that negativity remains within the pages, while positivity is enhanced. So how do you begin writing down something positive when you’re in a difficult place? Ask this question…
What Am I Grateful For?
Gratitude. You might think that my situation would warrant zero reflections of gratitude, but that’s when it’s most needed. What is gratitude, if not the acknowledgment of your own personal slice of heaven?
I have maintained a gratitude journal for years. The past couple of weeks, I’ve neglected to fill it out as many of my usual rituals have fallen by the wayside lately.
When I started writing today, I realised that it came naturally to me to find things to be thankful for. My family and I are healthy. The birds are out singing again. There’s food on the table. I have income. I can breathe.
By maintaining a regular gratitude practice, it has become much easier for me to come back to that state when I need to.
I have built a retreat within my own mind.
If you’re not in the habit of writing, I invite you to open up a word processor or notebook right now and commit to writing two pages. Let go of your expectations. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to even make any sense. Just go stream of consciousness about anything that’s currently on your mind.
What should you expect? Perhaps at first, you’ll find it silly or redundant, but just keep going and by the second page, you’ll find some magic coming through.