It’s only in the stillness…

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Watching the sunrise on my recent retreat…

I have a hard time being still. Stilling my mind is even more difficult. A constant stream of thoughts runs through my mind, especially at night, unless I’m reading something really engaging (thank you, Outlander).

During the day, I’m so busy that I’m not great about settling down and just being… allowing myself to move into the stillness so I can shift from the chaos of my thoughts to clarity.

Journaling helps me immensely. And yet, sometimes I need to do something more than that.

So, twice this year I’ve traveled to the ocean for a 3-day retreat. Both times I’ve returned renewed and with absolute clarity of vision and the steps I need to implement to make that vision my reality.

I’ve ‘retreated’ at home – but it’s simply not the same. There’s too many distractions, too much pulling at me, so that I just can’t ‘be’ to unearth what wants to be heard and honored within me.

I know that taking the time away to reflect and get crystal clear on where I am right now, on what I want next (as much as what I don’t want), and then committing to that once I return home is critical to my growth – both personally and professionally – and that it leads to a lot more joy and abundance in my life and business.

Would it be easier to not go? Sure it would. After all, I have a full family life that I’m managing here outside of my business. But I also know that it is absolutely worth moving mountains to do it – both for myself and my business, as much as for my kids to witness my honoring something that’s important to me as a person, separate from being Mom.

So, what about you? Do you take time to retreat – at home, somewhere else? How often? Do you go alone or do you retreat in a supportive group?

I’d love to know ~ please comment below … 😉

4 Comments

  1. This is so great, Alicia! I don’t know how to do this. Having a retreat at home doesn’t really work, because I have to get out of my every day environment. Even going places in town can be helpful, like a cool hotel lobby or co-working space, but still there are distractions. I’m thinking it’s time you run a client retreat just for implementation – no teaching or training, just group accountability and support, good food, and being away from daily distractions. I would go!

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    • Hmmmm…. sounds like something to ponder, Lisa 😉

      How about here?

      http://www.blueinn.com/

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        • I’m in, too! I would LOVE the time away in a still, quiet place with great friends and good food and people who get my business vision to sit around and plan and implement and run things by each other.

          Like you and Lisa, I’ve tried to do some local and at-home planning days. And while I have had *some* success, it’s still not the same. The time away is precious and well worth it!

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