trees in full fall colors
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The practice of making a retreat – taking oneself OUT of everyday life to withdraw and reflect –  has been around for eons. It is part of many spiritual traditions, and to our thinking, should be a requirement for everyone (and paid for by insurance – ha) , so filled as our lives are with doing and action.  It’s something that people – including us – used to do a lot more, because life is intense no matter how you slice it and there’s much to reflect on. Sometimes retreating is the only way to see, and detach.

A retreat is a bit different than a vacation, because retreats generally are about taking refuge from the world, notdoing, and about attending to the spirit. Just being. Listening. Taking stock.

That’s what we plan to do this week. We’re heading to the country to a borrowed cabin on a lake. Our brain feels like a hard drive that is so full of files, it can barely work. We’re going to reformat it with nature.

We’ll be back next week.

In the meantime, we REALLY recommend visiting ‘the improvised life’ Pinterest. You don’t need to sign in-or-up to visit; you can just dive right in. Navigate years of posts through pictures. pinterest.com/improvisedlife.

We’ll also be posting some cool links via Facebook and Twitter.

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