Once a year I take myself to Kripalu in Lenox, Massachusetts for a weekend of detachment and inner connection. This past weekend was it. After the long winter, lots of changes and the need to regroup and re-engage with mindfulness, off I went.
It proved to be an amazing weekend and not because of what I did, but because of what I didn’t do. I always stay in the dorm and this time I shared the room with twenty other women. Some engaged in conversation, most did not. We were all seekers either through attending one of the many programs offered or just to get in touch with ourselves, once again.
I met two wonderful women with whom I hope to stay in touch. We sat together in the dining hall the first evening for dinner and, as fate has it, things came full circle when we once again sat together at the last meal of the weekend and shared our experiences.
I did yoga, slept a great deal and enjoyed the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. I didn’t write or use a computer and the only phone call I made was to my husband before bedtime.
The silence of the surroundings in the early morning was stunning especially coming from the cacophony of NYC. I found myself in the woods, near a stream where I meditated each day. I so wanted to share it with you so, I made a short recording before I left.
Retreats are just that, retreating from the chaos and recharging and, it’s all good! Plan a time of reflection for yourself even if just for a day. Make time to be in the present moment, to relax and renew.
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