Sometimes my retreat is a bathroom stall where I can be alone 5 minutes to clear my head.
Sometimes is a walk around the block in silence.
Sometimes its a month in a 3rd world country.
Whatever shape and size it takes, It’s absolutely essential for me and drastically alters my reality, puts my emotions in perspective, gives me a new set of lenses to see my world thru and inevitably allows me to walk back into my world drastically renewed.
I don’t know how people survive without it.
Sheila Heti maybe says it best:
“Retreat means dignified disengagement. Its purpose is to prevent the situation from developing and to quell the harmful elements. Retreat does not mean fleeting, losing all your self-possession. It does not mean contempt or bad feelings toward whatever you are separating from. Retreat means compassionate, controlled and gentle withdrawal. “
I would simply add, Retreat creates head space and head space creates everything else.
For a minute, for a day, for a month. (( Find essays from my most recent treat HERE ))