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Life is Full of Stress; Most People Would Benefit from Some Self-care and Retreat
If you don’t take care of your hands when you are doing heavy or hard work in the yard, you get blisters. If you do that kind of work regularly, your hands become rough, callused and insensitive. It’s only natural and it happens to protect your hands from real damage. If you’re smart you’ll take some measures to protect your hands like using gloves or applying a moisturizing cream. The same principle applies when you are exposed to hard mental or spiritual work like in the helping professions or just being a good parent. Your mind and your soul can get blistered (anger, rage, etc.), callused (insensitive, hardened), or even injured (burnout, depression, etc.) Like hard physical work, these mental and spiritual changes can occur gradually, over time, without you realizing it until, well, it’s too late. There’s a Buddhist saying that milk doesn’t sour over night (My translation: Avoid weeding your garden and see where it gets you). And, as the flood carries away the sleeping village; so too does unawareness seize and carry away the foolish.
Eight Ways a New Skete Retreat Can Heal You
In a recent issue of Organic Life, I was pleased to find confirmation and something like validation of my own teachings on what a retreat should be.
You can read the entire article on self-care and retreat at The Retreat: Key to Psychospiritual and Physical Self-care.