|I can almost smell the sea and hear the gently lapping waves each time I see this picture!|
Just lately I have been having wistful dreams of going off somewhere wonderful to enjoy a spiritual retreat. Trouble is my working break in the Highlands isn't until autumn and with the double dip of the recession a second trip right now would be financially irresponsible. That doesn't mean that I have lost the longing to escape though so I got to thinking about the essence of my wistful dream; what was I really yearning for? After a brain-storming session I came up with a cluster of things I felt a Retreat center would give me such as peace, space from work/family stress, time out from responsibility, mental clarity, pampering and permission to just relax. I also thought about what a Retreat center has on offer such as yoga, spa experiences, meditation, hypnosis, crystal healing therapies and so on.
|I wish my bath was this deep!|
Browsing through my study I soon put together a pile of spiritual books, guided meditation and hypnosis CD's, yoga and belly-dancing DVD's. Casting a glance through my magical cabinets I rummaged out crystals, incense, oils and scented candles. I found a bath spa lingering in the cupboard under the stairs - I knew I had one somewhere! - and I'm going to pick up mud masks, body scrubs, lotions and lots of healthy treats on a late night trip to the local shopping center. I might not have a sea breeze but then, I won't have to put up with sand in my knickers either!
I am going to take time out by switching off the phones, computer, TV and so on. To all intents and purposes I am not at home and I am not at work - I am on Retreat; reading, meditating, healing, relaxing, pampering and just generally recharging my super-stressed-out batteries. Cool cocktails, New Age music, belly-dancing, mud masks and hypnosis will be the order of the day. I'm looking forward to spending the wet and dreary summer at home this year, in my home made Retreat and Spa Center...and unlike a booked holiday, my retreat can take place whenever I want, for a long as I want, and I plan to be on and off Retreat throughout the summer months! What's not to like? Will you be joining me in turning your home into a glamorous Retreat and taking time out to pamper and ponder?