Last winter, I was sitting in my office and looking at the small pellets of ice raining down from the sky, and the idea of escaping to a tropical destination had never seemed so inviting. There are times when work feels overwhelming, the cold begins to seep a bit too far into the cracks, and I start to plod through the day to day. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, my daily task list and workload are the only things that can fill my head, no matter how much I try to focus on a meditation or kriya.
Almost ten years ago, I put all this aside for the first time and went on a sacred chant retreat with Snatam Kaur. I spent a week with a group of people doing yoga through the day, chanting together every night, eating nutritious and healing meals, and feeling this sense that I was really taking care of myself on a very deep level. I was a bit hesitant to go because I honestly thought I wouldn’t want to come back – that it would make my life feel so much less appealing to return to. I did have some deep insights into things in my life that I recognized needed adjustment, and when I returned home, I started to work on them. But the incredible truth was that when I got back, my life as a whole felt different. I was able to see things from a very different perspective. Really, it was my spirit that got a face lift and I was able to look at my life and realize all the beautiful gifts I have in it. I understood that sometimes I need to leave it all behind to appreciate how beautiful it all is.
So, on that cold day last winter, I looked online and found a retreat I could join in Mexico, convinced my husband to hop on a plane and was at Casa Om in Puerto Morelos a week later. And as I have experienced every time before, it was transformational. Both of us were able to put some of our work aside to focus on ourselves. We did yoga. We swam in the ocean. We met some amazing people. We talked about larger life goals and challenges. And we came home with clearer heads and healthier bodies, ready to jump back in to our day to day.