Take a mini-retreat ~ Listen to the voice in your soul.
I am all in with this week’s card. Indeed, I have lots of ideas to share with you about creating a mini-RETREAT.
But first, to create a successful and meaningful mini-RETREAT you must begin with the commitment to do so.
You don’t have to travel to some exotic location or spa (though they are heavenly). You also don’t need to a whole day. Some of the best mini-RETREATS I have had have been only a few hours in my home.
My go-to resources for creating a mini-RETREAT are:
The Woman’s Retreat Book; A Guide to Restoring, Rediscovering, and Reawakening Your True Self – In a Moment, an Hour, or a Weekend by Jennifer Louden.
A Retreat of My Own; Personal Healing Guide by Karen Ely
The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (just reading this poem opens my heart and invites me to go within).
Karen Ely offers the following outline for a 4 hour RETREAT. (Unplugged, uninterrupted, and uncensored time).
Begin with an opening ritual to create sacred space. You can light a candle, create an altar, or brew a pot of tea.
Meditate for 5 to 10 minutes to quiet and center yourself. Add some music to open the heart.
Reflection/journal exercises (she offers 4 different options). I am going to share the gratitude sample.
- Make a list of 10 events/people/situations that have helped make you the woman you are today.
- Did any of these surprise you? Were you able to see the gifts in each of them? Why were some more difficult than others?
- I am most grateful for…. Make a list of 20 things you are most grateful for today.
- Did some of these surprise you? Was the list difficult to complete?
- Start a gratitude journal.
Take a 30 minute walk or move in any way that feels good. Dance. Do yoga or qigong. Notice the sights and sounds around you.
Meditate to re-center yourself.
Listen to music.
Celebrate the beautiful woman you are…. “Plan something special that speaks to you. I’d suggest that you create a collage [or SoulCollage® card]. Leaf through magazines and cut out images, phrases, and words that touch your heart, ones that show the many facets of you.” Personally, I would make a SoulCollage® card. You can learn more about that here.
The closing ritual can be an inspirational reading, writing a letter to yourself or simply blowing out the candle.
I hope that you will make time this week for a mini-RETREAT…. or at least schedule one in the near future.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you like the company you keep in the empty moments. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer
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About the image: The name of this SoulCollage® card is “heart wisdom.” I made it when I was on a mini-RETREAT with two friends. It represents, for me, the power of RETREAT…. of taking time for quiet reflection so the heart/soul can speak.