This weekend I’m off to a spiritual retreat with several close friends. It’s being held at the Serra Retreat in Malibu – one of my favorite serene places in the city. The views of the ocean and the Malibu Hills are wonderful and restorative.
Walking the Labyrinth for Mediation
In addition, to the retreat sessions, I plan to spend a little bit of time in the labyrinth, a circular maze structure, outlined with flat small rocks or bricks. The experience of walking through it is like a moving meditation.
Whenever I’ve brought a problem or an issue to my walk, before I leave, I have an intuitive insight as to either a solution or a next step. I’ll then followed my walk through the labyrinth with some journaling, which has many of the same benefits as the labyrinth, except it is in writing.
Retreats Replenish Our Spirit
If you know me, you know that I love retreats and the time spent replenishing my spirit – see my Blog post “Retreat and Refresh.” If you don’t know me well, yet, you’ll discover I attend at least a couple retreats every year. This weekend will be my third so far in this year.
During the pandemic I attended retreats virtually. They are different but depending upon how clever the team is putting on the event. It can generate many of the same benefits as an in person event.
My intention for the weekend is to restore my spirit and strengthen my relationship with my Higher Power. This supports me coming back refreshed and focused on the important priorities of my business and my life.
Digital Free Time
I’m also striving to have a digital free time while I’m there. This is the first time in several years that I’ve tried to do that. As for many of you, my smartphone is not only my phone, but it is my entertainment – reading, communication with friends and games, my camera, and my email reader. I google everything – definitions, abstract facts, baseball scores, you name it.
Disconnecting will also support my intentions of the weekend.
This will be an interesting experiment; can I manage 48 hours without using my smartphone. Can you?
The Book Status
And the book? Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation was sent off to the copy and line editor this week for review. A good portion of this review is to assure spelling, grammar, punctuation are correct and consistent throughout and wordiness is kept to a minimum. In a couple weeks, my manuscript will be returned, and I’ll get to make some more changes.
There is so much more to writing a book than the writing part. This has been an educational process. If you’d like to be on the wait list, you may sign-up here!
May you have a blessed week.