We all have times in our lives when we veer from the path. Your spiritual practice becomes more sporadic than consistent. Things in your life are going as smoothly as they once did. You find yourself experiencing excessive amounts of stress, anger, worry or frustration way too often and are just unable to let it go. If you have been experiencing these symptoms, now is the time to pause and devise a plan to get back on track. It is time to develop a plan to rejuvenate your spirit.
It is important to make the time to rejuvenate and refresh your energy periodically. You must make yourself a priority. Making time for yourself to pause and go within in order to refocus and reenergize is a key factor in achieving daily success. Utilize the process of rejuvenation as an opportunity to release what is no longer working for you, to reawaken your passion and to recommit to your spirit.
Attending group retreats with likeminded individuals for spiritual rejuvenation is a powerful opportunity to reset and recharge. However, if that isn’t an option for you right now you can still experience spiritual rejuvenation by creating your own personal spiritual retreat. The following steps will guide in in creating a personal retreat that will help you to reboot and get back on track.
1. Schedule your retreat.
The idea of a retreat is not to just physically pull back but also to mentally go inward. To do this it is most effective to remove yourself from the outer distractions and responsibilities of life, to the extent possible. If you cannot go away yourself, send the kids away to a friend’s house for the weekend. Find a way to block off a set amount of time where you can experience solitude. Schedule time where you will not be interrupted and your mind not cluttered with other responsibilities. This is time for you to focus on clearing yourself, healing yourself and reconnecting to your soul. This is your time to spiritually, mentally and physically regroup and transform. Remember if you do not make it a priority to take care of yourself, your cup will run dry and you will not have anything left to give to others.
2. Define your objective.
Are you seeking wisdom, insight and clarity? Is your goal to solve a specific problem? Perhaps you have been through some emotional challenges lately and want to clear away the anger and frustration you have been feeling. Do you want to get your energy back and reignite passion in your life? What is it you desire to accomplish from your personal retreat? Define what you want to achieve from this experience. Start a journal for your spiritual rejuvenation retreat and document your intention in your retreat journal.
3. Make a plan.
Select your retreat activities: There are many things that can help us to recharge and rejuvenate on physical, mental, spiritual and emotional levels. Select a combination of activities that fill the amount of time you have allocated and the objective you are trying to achieve. Plan activities in an order that allows you to first increase receptivity, clear and release mental and emotional clutter, then consciously connect to Spirit to receive guidance, inspiration and healing. Complete your retreat by identifying action steps that you will take moving forward. By putting together activities in this order you can maximize the effectiveness of your retreat program. The following are some suggested activities in each targeted area for a retreat program.
Relax: Perform some yoga or gentle stretching exercises. Listen to calming music, focus on staying in the moment and releasing the stress from your body. Utilize a guided meditation to clear your physical and energy body from stress. Utilize breathing exercises to relax. Sleep. Eat clean starting before, during and shortly after your planned retreat. The deeper you relax the less resistance you create toward change, reconnection and rejuvenation. Incorporating some of these activities early in your retreat plan will help prepare you by opening you energetically to be more receptive to change.
Clearing: There are many activities that can help us clear emotions and thought patterns that are not serving us. Spend time near water, especially salt water, as the properties of water have a cleansing effect. Take a salt bath. Spend time in nature. Go on a walk or a hike. Perform some other form of exercise to help release pent up energy. Mentally extend forgiveness to anyone you have been harboring resentments toward and mentally ask forgiveness from anyone you have hurt. Practice reiki or other self-healing techniques to release pent up emotions and negative thought patterns. Select a guided meditation specifically designed to clear out unwanted energy, emotions or thought patterns. When you practice cleansing and clearing strategies before you delve in to your deeper inner work, you are clearing the slate so you can explore your retreat objectives without mental and emotional clutter getting in the way.