Unable To Retreat? Retreat at home.
By Sally Perkins
Have you ever been so tired that you just want the world to stop for a moment so you can get off? Our fast-paced lives necessitate us to take occasional breaks from reality but in between juggling careers with family time, and everything else life throws at us, there isn’t always sufficient time to simply ‘check-out and breathe’. Imagine being able to pack a bag, jump on a plane and fly off to a tranquil retreat, leaving all your worries and responsibilities behind in a pile on your bedroom floor. If thoughts like these have ever crossed your mind, congratulations, you are indeed human.
You don’t have to succumb to feeling drained every day. If you are running on empty, there are a number of pick-me-ups you can employ to help you. Embarking on a spiritual vacation might sound like (and probably is) a great idea, but it is simply not always financially or logistically possible to just ‘pack up and go’, especially if you battle to save for a holiday. But, if you have exhausted all other avenues and still feel physically and mentally drained there is only one thing left to do. You can create your own tranquil retreat at home.
Finding tranquillity at home
The first step to finding tranquillity at home is to create a sacred space within your own house, even a small corner will suffice. You can create a small shrine by placing some flowers, candles and spiritual statuettes on a small table or stool. Have a Yoga mat and a couple of cushions handy for meditation purposes. Infuse your sacred space with your favourite earthy or floral scents to help transport your mind and body to within the soul.
- Yoga and meditation: No retreat will be complete without yoga and meditation sessions. The options are countless and the trick is to find what works best for you. If you are new to yoga it is suggested that you keep things simple and consider one or a combination of the following:
- Hatha Yoga: When you are just beginning your spiritual journey, Hatha yoga is a good place to start. Focusing on the basics, the slow moves will require you to hold each pose for a few breaths. Hatha is often considered to be a gentler form of yoga, easing the body into its new transcendent state.
- Yin Yoga: If you are looking to balance and calm your mind and body you will find your zen within Yin Yoga. This form of yoga is slow-paced with the poses held for several minutes at a time. The meditative practice of Yin is designed to target your deepest fascia and connective tissues, improving strength and elasticity.
- Chanting mantra: Chanting mantra is one of the simplest forms of meditations and involves repeating a mantra or sequence of mantras (silently) to bring calmness and focus the mind. Make sure you find a mantra you personally can connect with and repeat it over and over in your head.
Mala beads can be used to take your chanting mantra to another level as touching the beads while counting will help you keep track of your affirmations.
One of the main purposes of a paid-for retreat is to expand your inner boundaries by taking you out of your comfort zone. Simply by creating your own sacred space at home you have already done something new but don’t stop there. Practice a challenging asana or complicated meditation.
Allow yourself to zone out completely, away from your everyday distractions, and feel the zest return to your soul, all from the comfort of your own home.