Treat Yourself to a Post Treatment Retreat

Inspirations — By on July 24, 2009 at 5:42 am

I just returned to NY City after a week long retreat in rural Virginia, near the Chesapeake Bay. It was an intentional time set aside for post treatment rest and reflection – an opportunity to integrate everything that’s happened over the past 10 months.

I entered a different state of conscious while there. I was without the distractions of my usual routine – the noise of the TV, sounds of the children, phone ringing, emails to answer and the ever present feeling that I need to be doing something productive. My “work” for this retreat was simply to be there. It took me a couple of days to relax into the rhythm of quiet. But once having arrived, I felt like I was receiving much needed nutrients, soaking up the healing energy of this contemplative zone – an internal space that feels still, timeless, and for a moment, unencumbered.

The area where I was staying was extraordinarily beautiful. It was rich with skyscraper tall pine trees, and their needles created the floor of the path which lead to the house – perched on a little hill, overlooking a creek. The whole place was a luscious green. Every day I took a walk or jog along a sandy, dirt road and began to make friends with the markers along the way – the “Field of Dreams” corn fields, the crepe myrtles, the sounds of birds, the skunk nesting in the open field, the local newspaper boxes, the Ebenezer Baptist Church at the corner. Before I left, I tried to memorize every detail, so that I could recreate in my mind’s eye the aliveness of the place – the aliveness of myself in this place….a celebration of all creation.

I came across this quote, and thought it was quite apt for the moment.

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.

William Blake

Being away in this place, quite literally, returned me to my senses. And with renewed awareness, I have renewed perspective. If it is at all possible to spend some time in nature –even for an afternoon in a local park, treat yourself……

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