Navel gazing and all that malarky

Tonight I’m off to a three day spiritual retreat. No phone/emails/internet/games/texts/messenger – aka no contact with the outside world. I will also be deprived of happily going without wine and anything that resembles a decent cup of coffee. Oh, and my family (maybe they should have been first on the list…oops).

I’m keen to go but also have concerns that this is just another navel gazing exercise. I’m all for introspection and self reflection but the there-are-so-many-people-and-causes-that-need-attention part of me kicks into overdrive when I feel like I’m not out there doing good. So it will be an interesting exercise in letting go of all that and giving myself over to the weekend.

If you’re a long time reader here, you’ll know I bang on about the fact that we are ‘human beings, not human doings’, so I’m no stranger to being still, or silent (okay, I’m working on that one!), and am all for not being busy, busy, busy. Still, it’s always hard to give yourself permission to step back.  And not just from the things in our lives that may be causing us irritation and distraction but also from the things that are wonderful and worthy of our time.

We need space to breathe and just be.

Aaaahhhhh, just writing that sentence makes me feel relaxed.

I’ll see you on the flip side, friends 🙂

10 thoughts on “Navel gazing and all that malarky

  1. I hope you make it through without the deprivation shakes. Part me from my emails for more than an hour and I’m in a state of panic.( Somewhere near Missouri I understand). Enjoy and come out refreshed.
    xxx Mammoth Hugs xxx

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  2. I know what you mean about “so many peole and so many causes.” We all have one, or two. Mine are military – supoort the troups, support the troups coming back injured, etc. If we all had just ONE CAUSE, wouldn’t this be a better world?

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  3. Susannah, I’m anxious to hear about your weekend. I love those sorts of events, but seldom participate any more in them. They’re pretty intense and I found intensity needed to come in much smaller doses for me. I hope it was an insightful time.

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