The decision to take a spiritual retreat is a powerful act. When you choose to take time off to focus on God/Self, you are breaking free of the hold of your mind. You are disregarding thoughts of lack of time or money and declaring that there’s nothing more important than coming home to your Self.
Your retreat begins the moment you commit to taking it. Right away, you will feel a greater sense of peace and connection. Even if you are going through a very busy time, you won’t be stressed out the way you might have been before.
If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or confused right now, it’s ultimately because you’re playing life outside-in. rather than inside-out. You’re believing your mind’s deception that you have to do some things or get some get things before you can be happy/enlightened/etc.
Playing outside-in is a trap. You get caught up on an endless treadmill of doing, never finding real peace.
Choosing to take a retreat gets you off the treadmill. The moment you stop the endless churning, you can remember that what you’re truly looking for is always already right here.
During the days or weeks before your retreat begins, you can pause in the midst of whatever busyness of mind and body that may be going on and remember that you have a retreat coming up. You’ll feel a sense of release and joy.
Then, the time for your retreat comes. This is the easy part. There’s nothing to do. Just to be in the present and receive the beautiful gifts that are being offered to you.
When you make the choice to take a break and devote time to God/Self, you are richly rewarded.
Andrew Oser has been offering guided retreats on Mount Shasta since 1982. Through hikes to little-known sacred sites, guided meditations, spiritual life coaching, and time drinking in the silence of the mountain, he helps clients to deeply renew themselves in body, mind, and spirit and receive clear vision for their lives. Andrew also offers spiritual life coaching by phone and Skype.