Life really is a wonderful place to be.
I am so grateful that for nearly 25 years I have had the playground of Shabby Chic which has been a safe haven for my expression of creativity.
Other life's journeys of family, work and personal evolution are filled with joys and sorrows and life's lessons.......
And then there"s always Lily's Sadie to bring a smile to anyone.
But in my busy busy life, I have found it more and more challenging to find quietness in my head. So much chatter..
And I think this is common for many of us......
And so twice a year I take "timeout" for a spiritual cleanse........
It takes a few days to regroup and slow down. This "swingy thing" is the perfect pace to begin.
Lily sometimes comes with me. (it's not a Jake kind of place)
She has a much better understanding of balance than I do. She is a good researcher and has the intellect and understanding of how to apply what is relevant to her. She is also a good teacher.
The purpose of attending a retreat like this is to focus 100% on mind, body and soul, talk with other like minded people and converse with Doctors with a wealth of knowledge. These were the two "go to books" full of recipes and disciplines to take back into the world. Both of which Lily read cover to cover. I jumped around from page to page.
But am excited to try some of the recipes although cooking isn't quite my thing.....
To have the most successful cleanse it's best to get one's body ready.......cutting out all the yummies.
No one love cookies and carbs more than me. English Shortbread cookies and a proper cup of tea, or an English roast dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy. Of course once in a while its a lovely treat.
But there is something rather empowering about disciplining oneself as far as food is concerned. I have learned so much about portion control thru Weight Watchers, which is truly half the battle. But I am enjoying learning about how the body works, what foods do. And how we have so much control of the quality of our lives, thru what we eat.
The Manifestations of my creativity in my work is one of beauty, peace and nurture in our homes. I believe it's vitally important that I put the work in to make my personal home (my heart) as peaceful as the home I live in.
Often this is my only true "vacation time".
The idea of a romantic island getaway sounds more fun, initially but actually I realize if I cant learn "peace of mind", there is little point to me going anywhere. As my chatter in my head follows me. I need to cultivate peace of mind.
For those of you who have shared my journey, you know I love the ocean and pastel flowers......
Thought these were so lovely but was sad to find out they are pretty poisonous.......hmmmmmmm
But there is something about the desert that lends itself to "surrendering". For me that is a lot to do with the wind that often is present and the songs of wildlife.
The wide open space to breathe and connect with nature but little civilization to distract from ones self.
For these few days, I work on getting balanced with my mind, body and soul....in an effort to improve my inner peace.
As with so many intentions, when in the moment of it all its easy to think you can continue such intentions when back in the world, but little by little those intentions get pushed aside for things of more urgency, more fun, more important things, and then the chatter starts up again and the cycle goes on.......
A Labrynth is a grouping of concentric circles. Entering and exiting at the same place. Following the path to the center. The path twists and turns, bringing you closer to the centre and then takes you away, and then back again..... a metaphor for life. The process is a walking meditation. Time to contemplate, reflect and pray..........
It can bring healing and deepen one's knowledge of self.
My biggest lesson is to be as present as possible. I find my mind can be easily distracted and my focus derailed, making an experience less rich and easily forgotten. I am starting with baby steps of meditation for 5 minutes a day. Just to teach my mind to quieten.....so that in that precious place of "now", I am there.
My hope is each time I take my retreat, I come away with enough to build upon that i can hold onto and I hope the little peace of mind that i find, can benefit myself and in doing so those around me.......