I was picked up on the other side.
As soon as I got in the car I began to yawn. Stepping onto the tiny, sleepy Gulf Island was such a contrast to living in the city that I began to relax, soften, and slow down; so much so that I took a nap as soon as I arrived at the retreat.
The prana-rich forest that surround my accommodation and the stillness and silence was exactly what my body and soul were craving.
I always forget how wired my nervous system gets simply by living in a city. I forget that it’s not my natural pace—city living. The lost parts of myself have an opportunity to return when I go on retreat. I leave feeling whole.
I’m reminded that although I eat with gratitude at home, it’s different having delicious, organic, straight-from-the-garden food cooked for me, with love. My cells begin to hum, I feel my vibrancy awakening from it’s slumber.
My body remembers it’s natural rhythm, it’s authentic flow; where it needs to exist to operate at its optimum capacity. It’s spacious and leisurely. My shoulders relax, my jaw softens, I listen to something beneath the surface. It’s my knowing. It’s the part of me that does know what’s best for me, that does have the answers to my worries, and that does trust that everything in my life is ok. Better than ok.
Retreat: The Magic of Time Away to Fill Up Your Cup
On retreat my perspective shifts. I see myself, others and my life differently. Probably because I have the time to slow down and take stock. The change of scenery, marinating in nature, daily yoga, and being in the presence of others wanting to live a heart-led life fuel me and anchor me back to my dharma.
You might think this sounds like a luxury, going on a retreat. To me it’s an investment—a tremendous investment not only in myself and for my own health and wellbeing but the positive benefits effect my family, friends, and clients too.
When I fill up my cup I have more to give. I imagine the same is true for you?
When’s the last time you filled your cup up?
If you know it’s time to reset. If you’re willing to make your health and well-being a priority, I invite you to join me for my Ayurveda & Divine Self-Care Yoga Retreat on Salt Spring Island, May 4-6th.