Everybody needs a break, a pause, to change things up; to step away from the craziness of modern life. Because even as the U.S. economy is recovering it appears that we Americans aren’t, at least according to a recent Harries Poll. Of course you really don’t need a poll to tell you that.
One of the best ways to reconnect with your happy self is to get away from your daily life and go on a retreat. A retreat is different from a vacation. I mean, how may time have you heard someone say, “I need a vacation from my vacation,” or “Glad to get back to work so I can relax.” Chances are that you’ve heard it more than once and maybe even said it yourself, after a week on the road with the kids.
A retreat offers you a chance to get away and rest, reflect, heal and renew your spirit. It an opportunity to really unwind, to go within that you can reemerge as a new person, refreshed, and ready to return to the everyday world with a fresh outlook.
There are many different types of retreats but more have certain attributes in common.
Most offer quiet and solitude, often taking place in modest surrounding so your senses may be reawakened to the beauty of the sights and sounds of nature. Or a retreat may allow you time for uninterrupted meditation so that you can go deep within.
It’s in a place like this that you are able to really listen when you hear a bird sing, breathe in the smell of flowers, the sea or grass and delight as soft breezes caress you.
A retreat in Belize could be just the place.
Belize known for its numerous yoga and meditation retreats, as-well-as it’s many eco-retreats.
Plus you will be “retreating” in one of the world’s top ten (actually it’s in the top five) happiest countries.
Costa Rica was listed as the happiest country, with Belize coming in fourth. The reality is, they are very similar in culture and climate; and people who visit there get to experience the same relaxed, peaceful feelings, large protected wildlife areas, and beautiful beaches.
Belize offers Americans some advantages that some of the other Latin American countries don’t, especially if it happens to be your first time abroad. English is as widely spoken as Spanish and the American dollar is accepted there. I doubt that these things contribute to the local happiness factor, but I’ll bet that being on “Belizean” time does. You can think of it as the preverbal “island time” without the island; a more leisurely approach to the day.
It’s this “leisurely approach,” without the anxiety of deadlines, the Internet and all the other media, when you can give yourself the gift of time so that you can to go deep into your own solitude and fully reflect on your life with all its joys, sorrows, and fears, owning and releasing them. Having time to connect with your true self, the part of you which becomes masked by the mundane.
That’s the promise of a retreat.
One last word, before you hop on the first flight out to one of the happiest countries in the world.
A retreat is not an escape.
That’s OK. Because one of the beautiful things about going on a retreat is no matter where you go, whether it’s to Belize or somewhere else, or how long you stay; you’ll always meet yourself there.