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Retreat: What is Your Vision??

retreatHere is the view from Nancy’s tiny rented cottage, which served as her personal retreat for a day or so this week – a solo endeavor, along with her dog.

Such retreats are a great occasion to gather thoughts, reassess priorities, meditate, and so much more.

For a few words about retreats and the human condition, following is from that great retreat taker, Mr Henry David Thoreau:

“I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls.”

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”

“Simplify, simplify.”


What is a retreat for you? What would you do? Tell us your ultimate retreat – past, present or future…

  1. I love to sit quietly in nature, the beach by the ocean or bay, or by a lake in the mountains. Just being near the water, even a stream. Being able to read without interruption, play the guitar or Indian Flute, allowing the sound to travel out for the Universe to hear. Walking, thinking, having epiphanies, and letting it all go, to quietly come back to me, my spirit, who I really am. And knowing that everything is perfect just the way it is. Even writing this little paragraph was a mini-retreat:)

  2. Hi Susan,

    What a great response – indeed it is fascinating how even thinking about a retreat changes one’s physical and psychic vibration and we start to even feel like we are on retreat.

    Reading your response was very soothing: Your suggestions, your descriptions – all of it.


  3. Three years ago I created a ‘retreat’ for myself without paying extra money or traveling because those resources were limited. But I had access to the most important resource, my time. I chose to change the pattern of my daily behavior for 30 days to help me improve my my outlook on life and my physical health. I still went to work, but I altered my diet and I did some form of exercise every single day; I alternated hard with moderate exercise. I ate no processed foods, I stopped drinking alcohol and I turned the TV off. I made it a point to go to bed early and read inspiring books. During the last week of my self created retreat I attended every public class Satyam had to offer. This retreat helped me step outside of myself & to see my life anew. I gained energy as well as muscle-my brain especially benefited and I noticed a reduction of the negative chatter in my thought processes.

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