How to Prepare for Personal Retreat
I’ve spent the majority of the past several years living in self-imposed solitary confinement while writing a book. Here are a few things I learned along the way about how to prepare for a productive creative retreat. And since we are in the game of reframing, here we go…
1. It takes time to find a new rhythm. For me, it took about 3-5 days to truly settle in to a new rhythm and new pace.
You may want to create beauty and order to support this transition.. You may want to clean old closets, go through the kitchen cupboards, and design your space so that it inspires you.
In the realm of creative retreat: why not build an altar to this time: a place where you can set the intentions, and ground your vision, of the world you most want to be living within?
2. After this last writing retreat, I realized I had been systematically doing something called “creating psychic silence.” I was clearing the decks, from taxes to personal relationships, as I discovered I needed my mind to be clear and my channel open to hear the story as it emerged.
I believe we need this same exact tool to be alive in the emergent times we are living in, to be response-able to what the times are asking of us. If you are interested in learning more about the psychic silence workbook, communicate that to me by clicking here and I will assemble and distribute.
3. Create Ritual and Routine
You still have a job, it might just look and act differently in our quickly changing world. The fastest way to find a new rhythm is by creating one. Get dressed for work and bring beauty to your day by how you prepare for the day. Double down on your meditation practice.
And write that book!!!!
A lot of my friends who are parents are freaking out. Many online options for children are emerging. Here is a favorite: An online singing class for youth with Melita. If you have young ones and don’t know about Melita yet, you are in for a treat!
And in very practical terms:
Many are beginning to figure what will be required to navigate through such a sudden change as systems close down. We don’t know how long, and I’m not in the prediction business.
But this much I know is true: many are looking for ways they can help,
while others are trying to make sense of what it means to lose their jobs.