Do you have those places and spaces in your life where you can just relax, where you feel comforted, where you feel stress and anxiety just melting away?
So, as I said last week, I had been holding a lot of anxiety leading up to the start of my weekend retreat. And, while there was retreat anxiety, it wasn’t just retreat anxiety. At the same time that I was holding onto retreat anxiety, I also had some car drama and some relationship drama in my life. All things that are deeply part of life, but that also sometimes just add up.
I was talking with a friend on the way to the retreat on Friday. I was telling my friend about how I was feeling, and how I felt a bit overwhelmed and tired, and how it was hard going into a weekend retreat in that state. There were a few tears involved on my part, and a general state of exhaustion conveyed in my conversation.
I got to the retreat center, parked my car in front of the house, saw my favorite tree, got out of the car to start unpacking and suddenly, unexpectedly, all that stress, exhaustion, anxiety just melted away. It just melted away. I got my phone out with a massive smile on my face, and told my friend how deeply happy I was to be there, and I meant every single word. Being there, in that specific place helped my anxiety, my stress simply melt away.
My dear friends, may we find the places, spaces, people in our lives that allow our stress and anxiety to melt away. May we know where we can go when life feels a little too overwhelming. May we give ourselves those spaces of comfort and joy. Sometimes we just need them, sometimes we just need a place that feels comforting.
I hope you have an amazing week my friends.