One thing we can do for ourselves to be healthy body, soul, and spirit is to disconnect from the world daily and to connect with ourselves and with God. We need the intention, a time set and a place to develop the routine. I have a favorite chair by an east window, surrounded with books and notebooks.
Your time and place could also be a morning walk.
We need time to retreat in our lives, not only daily, but also longer times can be planned weekly, monthly, and yearly. Weekly retreats can be going somewhere that refreshes your soul. It might be a walk at a park, a library, or coffee shop. A monthly retreat could be a day of doing something you enjoy such as painting, reading, etc. or actually going somewhere for the day. I have enjoyed short retreats at Selah Among the Hills, an awesome retreat camp with cabins in the woods. I enjoy going to Maramec Spring Park to walk, sit, write, and listen to the water or watch the trout jump.
I highly recommend a yearly retreat to refuel, refresh, and reconnect with yourself and with God. I have been doing this since 2003. My ultimate place of refreshment is the ocean. I take a week for my “spiritual retreat” each year at an ocean. It is always a wonderful and amazing time of refreshment and revelation, recalibration, and creative ideas. I walk the beach at sunrise and sunset, sit and soak in the magnificence of the waves, read, write, think, listen, and eat seafood! Your special place to go could be close by or far away. Go there!
I want to encourage you to take time to connect with yourself and with God. You are worth it, and you need to take care of yourself to take care of others well! You need to disconnect to connect. By making time for disconnecting, your connectivity with others will be enhanced as well as your creativity.
We have had an imposed time of disconnect put upon us by the corona virus, but have we used it to our benefit?
I have tried to. I have been working on big projects that I was struggling to make time for and doing little things that I have wanted to incorporate into my daily routines. I hope you have too. I hope you have taken time to rest. I hope you have taken time to rethink all that you’re doing and why, to be sure you are living the life that you want. May we come out of this time with better focus and understanding of who we are, who we want to be, and what we are called to do. May we come out of this time better for it.
Even when things get busy again, I encourage you to take time to disconnect/retreat every day!
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes — including you.” Anne Lamott
Love & Blessings!