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Building your retreat: an exercise of the mind, body, spirit and space

Building your retreat: an exercise of the mind, body, spirit and space

It's important to bring the kind of energy we want into our home. Now that your home is reset and the old energy is cleaned, it’s time to bring the energy of a retreat into your space.


It’s important to bring the kind of energy we want into our home. Now that your home is reset and the old energy is cleaned, it’s time to bring the energy of a retreat into your space. If you’ve always loved the forest, the beach, the ocean, use those scenic places to guide you. Scent is an essential tool we use to orient ourselves. It allows us to feel the familiar before we even see it. If somewhere near a beach is your sanctuary, get an incense or a candle, or a few and light them in your living space on a regular basis. Now sit, close your eyes, and breathe. Visualize the beach and visualize all of the sensations you would feel on a beach – the sand between your toes, the sounds of the waves, the smell of the ocean. This short 2-5 minute meditation, when done frequently will allow you to bring the new energy into your home and make it into your own retreat.

Find and create routine that will keep you consistent. Just like getting your nails done by your go-to-person on a weekly basis, creating a routine in your space is also an energy practice and a form of relaxation that brings the elements of a retreat into your home. Doing the same thing every day allows you to bring attention and mindfulness to your ritual. Whether that’s hot lemon water every morning, or stretching and working on a yoga pose daily, this type of ritual gives you grounding and allows your energy to expand into your space. One of our favourite yoga instructors, @Patrishyoga talks about her favourite yoga poses:

“My favourite pose is Sirsana (headstand) or Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall). I enjoy these postures because they are very calming to me. It is very serene being upside down, nothing else really matters, my mind becomes completely focused. These postures help with circulation of fluids such as lymph and blood. They stimulate the crown chakra bringing energy to my brain.”

Move daily. Our bodies store our memories, feelings, particularly stress and anxiety, in the form of aches, indigestion, sleeplessness and more. Not many things are in our control at the moment but making it a habit to move daily, even if it’s a short walk or 10 lunges between zoom calls can signal to your body that it’s ok to process. 

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