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When to Know it’s Time to Retreat

The word retreat is derived from the Latin verb retrahere and means to ‘pull back, withdraw, call back’.

When we retreat we’re honoring our spirit, we’re taking time to connect with ourselves on a deep, introspective, nurturing level. Taking time to retreat is an act of self-love.

It’s a time we set aside to contemplate, “Who am I?” “What is my purpose?” “What makes me feel most fulfilled, most at ease?” “What do I want?” “What is my next step?”

In the noisy hustle and bustle of our demanding lives, our spirit, the essence of who we are, can be pushed aside, neglected, and forgotten about.

When this happens, we can experience a myriad of ailments, feelings, and emotions, from: chronic undiagnosed illnesses, tenseness, aches and pains, body stiffness, a sense of loss or disconnectedness, loneliness, pessimism, unease, anxiety, overwhelm, a sense that there’s never enough time, a desire for withdrawal, outbursts of frustration or anger, malaise, depression, insomnia, etc.

If you’re experiencing similar symptoms…your spirit is calling out to you and it's time to retreat. Take time to listen and respect this calling, give yourself time to retreat, and return to yourself.

A retreat is stillness and downtime. It’s a time to disconnect from your schedule, your telephone, your commitments, work, your home, and daily routines.

A retreat allows you to slow down, create space, gain clarity, get inspired, and connect with the depths of your soul to hear it’s calling. It’s a time to connect with and experience your rich inner life.

Do it for yourself and for your loved ones.

Karen Quiros, B.S. Natural Health, L.P.N., C.H.C., Reiki MT, C.S.T., ISSA C.P.T.

Balanced Wellness Consulting


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