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Making Time for Retreat

April 10, 2019

Felt pulled to repost this post on retreat. You can retreat for half a day, a weekend, a week or more. Taking this kind of break can be such a great gift to give yourself. Wishing you this time and space to unfold.

Mommy Mystic

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.   – Herman Hesse

Painting by Francis Wenceslas Holler of St. Francis of Assisi in his cave retreat. Painting by Francis Wenceslas Holler of St. Francis of Assisi in his cave retreat.

Solstice is coming up, a time of spiritual retreat across many traditions. As I head out on my own retreat, I thought it was a great time to share some thoughts on how to prepare and engage in a spiritual retreat of your own. A retreat can be anywhere from a day to months in length (in some traditions years), and can be done in your own home or away. Of course there are organized spiritual retreats at centers around the world, or you can combine retreat with pilgrimage, drawing upon the energies of a natural or religious destination as part of your journey.

Even if you stay home, a retreat is…

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  1. Ray Ducholke permalink
    April 10, 2019 4:34 am

    I would like to hear from you if you have had what Lee Sannella calls a “Classical Kundalini purification/balancing experience” as Sannella described on page 101 in Spiritual Emergency When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crises edited by Stanislav and Christina Grof. Thank You Ray

  2. April 11, 2019 7:36 pm

    Hi Ray, I’m sorry I do not have a copy of that book. I have over the years had many experiences with the kundalini rising, but they have been mostly smooth, and I have been fortunate not to experience what I would consider a kundalini crises. If you feel you are experiencing one I hope you can find a counselor or energy worker to help you integrate the experience, as that is often helpful. Grounding is of course key. – Lisa

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