In today’s fast paced and hectic world, taking time out for a spiritual retreat is a great way to rejuvenate not only the soul, but the body as well. You can opt to go on a retreat for a weekend, or even just take a few hours a day to reconnect yourself to a higher being.
Here’s how to create a spiritual retreat.
- Carve out some time for a spiritual retreat. Don’t wait until you’re very stressed or disconnected from your higher self before embarking on a retreat. Schedule a retreat every few months or at least once a year. You may also designate a day each month to just be in a meditative and contemplative state. Scheduling a retreat gives it the importance and value it deserves.
- Contemplate what you wish to achieve on your retreat. Each person is at a different stage in his own spiritual journey. Meditate on why you are going on this retreat. Is it because you are in a confused and turbulent time in your life? Do you need guidance and clarity? Are you doing it as a means of escape from your daily routine? Are you seeking to connect to God? Are you seeking to fill an emotional and spiritual void? Whatever your purpose, a retreat will give you the space and time to help you find what you are looking for.
- Decide on where you want to go. There are several retreats organized by different groups throughout the year. Some retreats are designed for couples whereas most are designed for individuals, Different age groups are also considered to meet specific needs and concerns. Check your church or place of worship for a schedule.
- If you wish, you may create your own retreat. Choose if you decide to stay at home or if you want to go somewhere. Sometimes, it is helpful to go away because the change in scenery alone is highly rejuvenating for the spirit and mind, especially if you find a place that is serene and close to nature. If you can’t afford to leave town, then create a retreat place in your own home. You’ll have to shut the ringer off and turn off the TV. Make sure you have no distractions. It may be a little difficult especially if you have other people in the home.
- Go alone. Unless it’s a couple’s retreat, it’s best to embark on your spiritual journey on your own. It’s not a time to socialize but to look inwards.
- Focus on the retreat. Listen to what the lecturers and speakers have to say. Really take to heart the assigned readings and exercises. Don’t be distracted by your cellphone or your to do list. Do that work that needs to be done so you get the most out of the experience.
- Create a special place in your home for a quick daily retreat. Having a little sanctuary in your own home for some time of prayer and meditation can really help you de stress. Assign a small alter in your home and fill it with items that remind you of your spirituality.
Going on a spiritual retreat not only reconnects you to your religious and spiritual side, but also helps you achieve clarity of thought and find some inner peace. Taking a few hours and even a few days away from the day to day activities to just focus on yourself will really help you stay grounded and connected.