15-Minute Home Retreat
by Francoise Rapp
Retreats are sacred inner journeys that have been practiced since
the earliest of times. Many different cultures and religions have
honored and integrated this concept in their daily lives. This journey
is about turning silently inward and attaining another spiritual dimension,
allowing you to reconnect with your inner self and detach from the
stress or mundane concerns that take away so much energy.
may envision a soulful retreat as traveling to a secluded paradise
to reconnect with your spirit and nature. It's certainly an appealing
option, but not always practical. But you can easily take an inward
journey right at home. In fact, 15 minutes are enough to:
replenish your energy
regain a positive outlook on your life
nurture your inner self
release the sense of loneliness, neediness, co-dependency
How do you know if you need a retreat?
you can't remember when you last indulged yourself.
If you are depressed or take life too seriously.
If you neglect yourself while taking care of other's needs.
If you feel constantly busy and rushed.
If you feel empty and don't know how to get more lively.
If you "zone out" in front of the TV.
If you wish to explore and enjoy your life more avidly.
If any of the above attitudes rings true for you, then you are overdue
for a retreat. The following 15-minute ritual can literally transform
your everyday life into one with more happiness, peace and fulfillment.
Steps to Create Your Own 15-Minute Home Retreat
Create Your Sacred Space.
Find a quiet, secluded space where you won't be disturbed. Turn off
the TV, radio, lights, computer, etc. Light colorful, fragrant candles
to create a peaceful, serene atmosphere. Burn incense -- sandalwood,
amber or patchouli are good choices.
Anoint with an Aromatic Blend.
Prepare your aromatherapy blend by pouring the following essential
oils into a 10-ml bottle and adding organic vegetable oil to fill:
7 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Frankincense
3 drops Rose
the sacrum, solar plexus, heart chakra and third eye. Pour a few drops
of the blend into the palms of your hands and breathe it in deeply.
Pause and Breathe.
Sit comfortably on a large pillow. Close your eyes. Take deep and
regular breaths. Visualize the air being absorbed by your entire being.
Think positive when inhaling and let go of any negative thoughts while
Be in the Moment.
Enjoy the serenity, the aromas and this time to contemplate. Just
feel and stay in this silence for 15 minutes.
Journal Your Feelings.
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