originally posted on Chopra.com
You don’t have to go to Bali, Costa Rica, or Italy to find solace, stillness, and sanctuary. Although a week-long yoga retreat or meditation immersion can be just what the doctor ordered (and doctors are prescribing de-stressing activities), perhaps your pocketbook will be more pleased if you stay home. With a little bit of planning and ingenuity, you can create a day or weekend-long mini-retreat for yourself.
Often, spending time considering what you feel you need to retreat from is a step in the right direction: Is your job overwhelming? Do you feel alone in your home-life responsibilities? Are you simply exhausted? Considering what you dream of retreating to will aid in guiding you towards that sandy beach or untrodden trail: Do you need a whole day alone? Do you want to spend time with inspiring people? Do you need some vitamin N or would a leisurely morning between those new bamboo sheets do you good? The essential elements that will allow you to feel rejuvenated and alive are up to you.
Customize Your Down TimeBegin by thinking of your ideal day. (Note: if you can make your ideal day a reality, GO! Stop reading and get going!) For some fun ideas, consider the elements of an organized retreat: solo time, nature immersion, nourishing food, physical activity, body and mind cleansing, visual inspiration, adventure, and time for reflection. The following suggestions for a one-day mini-retreat include a little of each of these. Pick and choose as you like!