So I’m just back from a 2 week retreat, from life-as-usual. I try to do this every year- just stop for a coupla weeks, go some place different, seriously change my routine, and cold turkey quit as many of my collective vices as possible (double espressos, wine, music, i-pod/text/phone
demons & addictions…).
Though it is always hard to arrange, I highly recommend retreat for all. Sometimes i will sequester myself far away to make art before some deadline, other times to ground, meditate. It really doesn’t matter the premise for departure; just giving yourself permission to stop and slow down in some quiet place, is an amazing gift to self. I wish everyone could allow themselves the luxury of doing it every year. I come from a family of overachievers, and was taught well ;). But our whole culture seems so habitually busy stressed now. And are we really meant to work at this crazed level?- long hours of mostly work while we pump our systems w/ constant caffeine fixes day and night, averaging 5hrs sleep? I am finally beginning to feel how physically destructive this can be 365 days running.
Post retreat, I always come back jazzed to do good things; stay in my body w/ exercise, a promise to do add something really enjoyable daily, and to mindfully breathe for just 20 minutes. To help me smell the flowers this time, I’ve decided to photograph as many flowers as i can find. Me Mum is always the first to tell me how good retreat is for me. I think it softens the punk a lil’ 😉
Of course life goes on regardless. I came home to an immediate recording date in the studio straight away- to record the last song, and my home computer wiped tabula rasa of a terrible virus that hit just before i left (of course;). So today, i reload files & programs. My computer has tons of space, is really fast, and is clean as a whistle. What a perfect place to start…