As I return from our women’s retreat held in the Texas hill country, I have been reflecting on many things, one of which is how much I learned from others during the retreat. It is true that we are all more similar than we are different. We all go through ups and downs in life, but how we each handle these ups and downs, may be a little different. The bottom line is, we are not alone. We have each other to lean on. What a memorable experience it was.
Support in Others
When we allow ourselves to open our hearts and minds, we can see more of the goodness that surrounds us and we can find support in others. As women, we tend to not ask for help. We just ‘do it all’….because we can. But we don’t have to. When we go about our day, focusing on our to-do list, we tend to be in the mode of doing rather than being. When we slow down and become more aware of how we are spending our time and what we are and are not accomplishing, this allows us to get unstuck and put more thought into how we can reach those goals that we try so hard to achieve.
Intentions, Goals and Dreams
The peaceful and tranquil surroundings, allowed us to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. To be alone with your own thoughts and to write down intentions, goals and dreams is very powerful. Sometimes we don’t take the time to do this in our everyday life. Or we attempt to and we get interrupted by one or a million other things going on.
It’s important to remember to take time out for yourself every now and then, to get away from your normal everyday routine by taking a retreat, no matter how short or long you decide to make it. Taking a walk, going to the park, going for a bike ride, playing in the garden or just sitting…whatever it is for you, just do it. Give yourself permission. You will find yourself more relaxed and rejuvenated to take on the daily tasks that come along.
Not only did we choose to retreat in a beautiful setting and get some work done, but we had some fun too! With nutritious meals; great conversations; long hikes; lots of laughter; contemplation; reflection; and some good ‘ole fashion lake-time, it couldn’t have been more fulfilling and I can’t wait for the next one.
Ask yourself what you can do for yourself today that will give you that break that you deserve. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.