Las Vegas Spiritual Life Coach Jaclyn Costello

The Importance of Retreat

by Jaclyn on August 28, 2016

Life Coach Las Vegas

away to the mountains with my soul family and my star friends

I am an enthusiastic supporter of retreats. When we move back and withdraw from our everyday lives (definition 1) we gain perspective, clarity, and focus. Our spirits become rejuvenated after spending time in nature, in spiritual contemplation, alone or with individuals who are on similar, soulful paths to our own.

Whether the retreat is an hour from home or halfway around the world–whether it’s meditation based & led by a monk or shaman, or it’s a creative workshop or motivational seminar–give yourself the deserved gift of retreating to a place of privacy and refuge (definition 2).

My favorite form of retreat involves deep, sacred meditations with seasoned guides (definition 3) but I’ve also participated in writing residencies, uncharted backpacking adventures, and long treks in the mountains. Each has been life-changing.

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poke your head beyond the veils… art by Daniel Mirante

What follows are the most common forms of resistance I hear from clients when they know they must get away from the grind of their everyday lives, but they still hesitate. I am also including my thoughts on each reason/excuse:

*I’m not sure I can afford it

You are investing in your life’s development. The insights you gain will be priceless. When you find a retreat that’s right for you, and you use the time away to re-align with your true purpose, you will be able to return to everyday life as a more productive, more loving, more peaceful, better version of yourself. Isn’t that worth cutting out shopping splurges this year, or eating at home instead of at restaurants for a while? However you need to save, save. I once left the country for 6 months on less than 4K. That extraordinary trip changed the entire course of my life. I know it may sound like an extreme example, but I’m not the only one with a story like that. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. So stop giving yourself excuses about money!

*My business/job may fall apart while I’m gone

If your business or job falls apart because you leave town for a few days or a few weeks, Goddess bless you, your career wasn’t that solid to begin with. Really, if this is a legitimate concern, you should take a good look at what needs to change in your professional life so that you are able to step away as needed for personal & spiritual growth. And remember: personal & spiritual growth = professional & business growth. I once encouraged a client to plan a trip around the world after his divorce; he had always wanted to travel but his ex-wife never had. This client ran a very successful (and elaborate) company that he had hadn’t stepped away from in over a decade. Once he took a deep breath and allowed himself to believe he could book an adventurous trip without his business falling apart, he took the plunge. London, Dubai, an African Safari…a princess in Tanzania even fell in love with him! My client returned completely new. And guess what? His business was still going strong.

*I worry it might be selfish of me to leave my family/partner for a vacation on my own

There is nothing selfish about doing what you need to do to make yourself a better person. In fact, that’s what everyone should be doing! And remember: this is not a vacation. It’s a retreat. There’s a big difference between a soulful, internal exploration of self and laying around on a beach sipping fancy drinks at a Five Star resort. Not that such a trip can’t be rejuvenating, but I am advocating for soul-journeys here (so I suppose if your soul is calling for Four Seasons, I can’t argue with that!) Try talking lovingly with your family/partner about how meaningful & important a retreat is for your soul’s development. Let them know you are also happy to support them in their own soul’s journey, or suggest you retreat somewhere together (if appropriate). I know a married couple, with a son, who take turns attending retreats–often three or four times a year. They also participate in meaningful activities together as a couple, and as a family. I admire the balance they have created between 1) personal development, 2) development as a couple, and 3) development as a family.

It’s all possible.

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Now get up and go, human!

As always, your comments are welcomed below! Blessings and courage, Jaclyn

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