Spiritual Retreats

In honor of Martin Luther King day  I wish you tranquility, a spiritual retreat for yourself and others.

Yesterday I watched a Mandala Ceremony for dispersement.  These monks travel around the world creating beauty as an act of compassion.

Compassion means empathy not pity.  I dont know about you, but pity stings me, compassion connects me.

Sometimes ?  Why do we constantly berate ourselves, setting our own bar higher, instead of applauding the good things we achieve?

Last year, as part of my journey to wholeness, I went to Pamelah Landers for a hand analysis.  Do you know that the most impactful thing she told me was that I need to be very very kind to myself?

Have you been very kind to yourself?  Allow yourself a moment every day to enjoy who you are. Sit in a comfy chair and feel good about yourself.  Put up a piece of art that talks to you, or arrange a vase of flowers to delight you.

Create your own spiritual retreat and develop meditation techniques that speak to the strength in you.

A peaceful view taken in a garden wall

How do you honor yourself?  Where do you go, or what do you do to remember your strengths ?

And if you would like help creative a space to indulge call me  Jennifer Duchene  @ 650.644.8592

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Spiritual Retreats — 17 Comments

  1. Peace and serenity–what wonderful ways to honor ourselves. These qualities emanate from your blog, Jen. It took me a long time in my life to learn to be kind to myself. It is still easier to think that more comes from brutish self-discipline than from compassion towards myself. I honor myself with quiet space, with silence, with giving myself time for writing and reflection. I also honor what I value by giving to others–by generosity and charity, I honor the part of myself that wants others to be as fortunate in their lives as I am.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

  2. Just reading your post made me feel more peaceful, Jen! I have been told in the past to be gentle with myself, and I wish I could remember that more consistently! What I have done to help is make sure I get up early each morning, before my husband, and spend some time alone God, reading, writing, talking. That is my time to heal, to remember who I am as God’s beloved child, and calm my mind, refresh my spirit. If I have to skip a day for some reason I can definitely feel the difference in how my day goes! I love the photo you shared, Jen, and just love how your gentleness comes through in your blogs.

  3. Compassion connects – it’s so true. A spiritual retreat is not difficult to create, Jennifer. Thank you for reminding us to be kind to ourselves.

  4. Great post Jennifer. I am a mediator. And believe in designing space to honor and revere the spirit and our soul. I think it is important to connect each and every day to our true Self as a spiritual retreat from the mundane of daily life.
    And, I love mandala’s. Have you ever heard of Joe Mangrum? He’s on FB and creates some of the most beautiful sand mandala’s I’ve seen in huge forms on the sidewalks of NYC. I wrote about him in my art category on my blog as well. Fabulous artist.
    Have a great day!

  5. My moments come when I allow myself the time to do the things I love…and open myself up to ‘aha’ moments like the one I wrote about this week.

    We so easily offer compassion to others…how about offering it to ourselves?

    Darcie Newton
    Wine, not whine. Nature not Nurture. Discipline for profit, none for cheese.

  6. Since I am working from home, I have a lot of those moments and I enjoy that so much. The most peaceful moment of the day is when I go to bed and do my reflections, I meditate and do thanks to the day (I love feeling the mattress and the warm pillows and blanket), think of the peaceful sleep I will get and make plans for the next day. And then fall asleep 🙂


  7. I wish that yesterday had been more relaxing, but a day off of school = craziness for me.
    My relaxation mostly happens at night with my dogs curled up on my lap and a good book. That is my most peaceful time. Rachel

  8. I NEED peace to get through the busy-ness. I seek it out often, a walk with the dogs, curled up in bed reading the book, skiing alone. I do wonder if my lack of inner peace right now is made worse by the constant hammering and drilling of the workmen finishing our basement right now! I’m not always kind and gentle with myself. Thanks for the reminder.
    Louise Edington
    Facing Fears For Freedom

  9. I need more time for allowing peace in my life. Right now, reading is peaceful. Snuggling with my babies and hubby in bed.

  10. I currently live with my sister and 8 year nephew so alone time is few and far between. However when I do have it or just want to creat my own little peaceful space, I sit on my bed with my book. I love to read. It allows me to relax and while taking me to places via the words on the page. Thanks Jennifer! 🙂

  11. I live in a rural quiet area and sometimes I just close my eyes and listen to nature. It is calming and relaxing. It enables to re focus and continue through the hustle of daily life

    Julie Labes the…Fierce over 50 feels much younger, point and click junkie, loves to travel, does not use a jogging stroller, and before you ask, this is NOT my granddaughter..Woman

  12. My office has two walls of windows that look out into the woods and I love my work…so that is a creative and loving space for myself. Part of how I take care of and nurture is by grabbing moments to go within and recharge. It may be a few moments or it may be for much longer…I also like jumping around on my little trampoline 🙂 As far as nature, I find it easier to be “in” it when the Spring rolls around…
    Brandy Mychals
    Communications Coach
    Creator of Split Second Perceptions

  13. Beautiful Jen. This so speaks to my soul. I believe that we can create little spiritual retreats, sanctuaries for ourselves in the most mundane places. Spirituality places a very important role in my life but we don’t need to go off to the Himalayas to do a silent retreat for 2 weeks in order to find that inner stillness (although I wouldn’t say no if I got the offer).

    If we take a little bit of time out to have compassion with ourselves, that has a huge ripple effect on how we are with others in our daily lives. Something as simple as letting a ray of sunshine touch my face on a cold wintry day. Or playing a beautiful piece of music that touches your soul. Or even just stopping to listen to the birds twittering outside for a few moments. Bliss.

    Fiona Stolze

  14. Hi Jen,

    Thanks for another thoughtful post. Right on target — everyone is commenting on the virtues of spiritual retreats, as you describe them. Whether in quiet solitude or amid the bustle of everyday life, eyes open or closed, calm and still or actively moving, we all thrive from a momentary pause to refresh our tranquility.

    We westerners have a lot to learn from Asian cultures on this point — about meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, and various forms of martial arts. Besides applying Feng Shui, what principles of design should we all understand to foster our spiritual retreats?

  15. Beautiful post. I tend to find peace outdoors, whether hiking/walking or doing Tai Chi in Dolores Park. A great reminder to work on making the house “retreat friendly” as well.

  16. My home isn’t retreat friendly right now, but I escape to the park or enjoy quiet time walking the dogs. Thank you for reminding me that being kind to ourselves is important!

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