A few weeks ago, a girlfriend and I had the opportunity to attend a day long retreat. Another dear friend and two others put together the event, and after reading about it, I felt drawn to attend; not only to support my soul sister, but to feed my own soul. How often do we do for others first? I know the answer to that question, loud and clear, and I’m guessing so do you. As women, it’s our nature to give to everyone before ourselves. That’s why this retreat was so important to me.
The first thing that caught my eye was when I read, Renew your Compassionate Heart – Spring Retreat. It drew me in, and I immediately reached out to my friend to find out more. Who doesn’t want to connect with their heart, stop the chatter, listen to our inner messages, and trust our intuition?
As the morning arrived, I set my intentions for the day; promising to stay open to receive any blessing or guidance. When we walked into the space I was blown away by the thoughtful detail; it was both inviting and comfortable. Different colored mats/cushions were placed in a circle, and in the middle, an alter of sorts, to place something personal we brought to represent ourselves for the retreat.
Throughout the day we connected to our mind, body and soul which included yoga, and centering breathing techniques. It was a day of self-care. We enjoyed an organic lunch, which was eaten in silence. That was a surprise to everyone in the room…..HA. It actually made people enjoy and savor every bite. After thirty minutes, we talked and laughed about some of the silent experiences.
The end of the day was spent with the third and final speaker, my friend, as she told personal stories, and experiences of reconnecting to her own heart. It was honest, raw and real. I would bet her stories resonated with everyone in the room.
We all have great triumphs and painful struggles; intertwining us as humans. Connecting with our heart, showing self-compassion, listening to our inner truth, and replenishing our spirit was experienced on the day of renewal. I hope you make the time to renew your compassionate heart…..Namaste.