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A Spiritual Retreat (Part 1 of 2)

Calm Your Mind And Spirit Through A Spiritual Retreat

Being overwhelmed

A lot of the busy people nowadays are actually really prone to undergoing all sorts of stress related activities. From high tailing it from one meeting to another. Or giving a presentation or a report that took weeks before it could be finished.

Such stressful activities can really be jarring on the nerves. For that reason why a lot of people become cranky. They would not care less about how they associate with other people anymore.

The best that you can do

Regain Self

When this happens and that person has already lost contact with his or her spiritual self. Even a good relationship with God, then it is really time to file for a vacation leave. It has lots of benefits.

Join a spiritual retreat wherein you will be able to calm your nerves and senses. You will be able to go back and think about the really important things in life.

Acknowledging people’s importance in your life. How you greatly appreciate their constant presence in your life. It will really be able to help you have a successful spiritual retreat.

Cater To Your Needs

When it comes to joining a spiritual retreat, you must consider the following things when trying to pick out from the various spiritual retreat venues. The ones that will really be able to cater to your spiritual needs. As well as will be able to foster your spiritual well-being.

There really are a lot of spiritual retreat venues that are available nowadays. Best for people who would just like to get away from it all. What is great about it is that you need not worry about being bored to your wits.

These spiritual retreats’ organizers have already made it possible. You will actually have a good time in their spiritual retreat programs.

 

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A Spiritual Retreat (Part 2 of 2)

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The Importance Of Letting Go

Letting Go

The story of a monkey

There once was a happy monkey. He wandered through the jungle, happy to be alive. He stopped to eat delicious fruit when he was hungry, and resting when he was tired.

One day he came upon a house, where he saw a bowl of the most beautiful apples. He took one in each hand and ran back into the forest. Then sniffed the apples and smelled nothing.

He tried to eat them, but hurt his teeth. They were made of wood. They appeared beautiful, however, and when the other monkeys saw them, he held onto them even tighter.

He held his new wooden apples proudly as he wandered the jungle. They glistened red in the sun, and seemed perfect to him. He payed so much attention to them, that he didn’t even notice his growing hunger.

A fruit tree reminded him. He squeezed the apples in his hands, and couldn’t bear to let go of them in order to reach for the real fruit.

In fact, he couldn’t relax, either, if he was to defend his apples. A proud, but hungry and less happy monkey continued to walk along the forest trails.

The wooden apples became heavier, and the poor little monkey began to think about leaving them behind. He was tired, hungry, and he couldn’t climb trees or collect fruit with his hands full. What if he just let go?

Letting go seemed crazy

Letting go seemed crazy, but what else could he do? He was so tired. Seeing the next fruit tree, and smelling it’s fruit was enough. He dropped the wooden apples, reached up for his meal, and was happy again.

Letting Go Of Wooden Apples

Like that little monkey, we sometimes carry things that seem too valuable to let go. A man carries an image of himself as “productive” – carries it like a shiny wooden apple.

But in reality, his busyness leaves him tired, and hungry for a better life. Still, letting go seems crazy. Even his worries are sacred apples – they prove he’s “doing everything he can.” He holds onto them compulsively.

This is a hard thing to see. We identify so strongly with our things even, feeling pain when our cars got dents.

How much more powerfully do we identify with our beliefs and self-ideas? Yet they don’t always feed our souls, do they? And we become tired of defending them.

How else could the story end? The monkey might be found dead of hunger, under a beautiful tree, with fruit within reach, but still grasping his wooden apples.

I chose to end it with him letting go, because only with open hands can we receive.

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Attitude Is A Really Big Thing

A big thing

Regardless of your age, your place in life, your occupation. Nor the ways you choose to spend time. I can guarantee that your attitude is one of the most significant things. Things that do determines your happiness and contentment in life.

Attitude is powerful

Attitude is so powerful. It is one of the few things that every single person has the ability to be in control. Regardless of any other factors in life.

When life is going well and we have no complaints, we can choose what kind of attitude to face each day with. Fortunately, when our lives seem like they couldn’t get any worse, we can also choose what kind of attitude we will have each day.

Can you think about a time in your life when your attitude made all the difference? Or, maybe think of an example from the life of someone you know.

Can you think of a situation when all things looked grim? Yet you or someone else’s attitude made that situation better just by being positive?

The importance

You may be wondering why it is important to keep a good attitude regardless of other factors in your life. Good question. One thing I’ve learned about life is that it will not always go my way.

It is highly unlikely that every single day for the rest of my life will be filled with joy, friendships, and peace. It is possible, but unlikely, much more likely that life will throw me things I wasn’t expecting.

Tragedies, sicknesses, and relationship trials will come my way. It will be my attitude that determines how those events affect me.

It allows us to remember

Keeping a good attitude in life allows us to remember that even in tough times we have much to be thankful for. Choose to let your attitude reflect this perspective. Rather than reflecting the fact that you are not getting exactly what you want at a moment in time.

Let your attitude reflect all of the ways that your life has been blessed and all of the good things that have happened to you.

We have all heard it said that “attitude is a little thing that can make a big difference.”

I agree with whoever said those words wholeheartedly, but I’ll even take it a step further and simply say that attitude is a big thing.

Attitude is perhaps one of the biggest factors that determines the path and results we see in life. When we can look at the worst situations with hope and a right perspective. Nothing will be too difficult to bear.

 

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