And that is what I did when after New Year's Day we were fortunate enough to retreat to a cottage in the woods so to speak, a good 2.5 hours out of the city. We had access to snowy trails, a cozy cabin with a fireplace, full kitchen and living room area. Ironically, we even had cable television, something we don't subscribe to in our normal lives. I must admit, at certain points of our stay, there was some serious television watching -- who can resist the Food Network?!
This 2-day retreat into the woods felt emotionally and spiritually renewing. No agendas, just relaxation, reading Planting Dandelions, writing in my journal, scrabble playing, eating nourishing meals (and lots of chocolate left-over from Christmas). I had time to reflect on what will bring me greater peace and joy in 2012.
Here's what I came up with:
- Re-ignite mindfulness/meditation practise -- that means every day
- Speak with less judgment, criticism, and negativity
- Practise physical wellness by eating well and through physical activity
- Renew social connections
- Make regular gratitude lists
- Use positive affirmations regularly
- Purchase a house we love and that we can comfortably afford
What I am parting with are all the unhealthy and unhelpful habits I've picked up along the way. Into the fire they go.
Through the ashes let there rise growth and wisdom from experience, and the ability to renew once again.
Wishing you all peace and blessings in 2012.