THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Sacred Retreat; Why we all need to go on retreat every now and then
In her book, SACRED RETREAT: USING NATURAL CYCLES TO RECHARGE YOUR LIFE, Pia Orleane, Ph.D explains why going on retreat is essential for all men and women:
“In the push for progress that is central to the values of modern life, we have forgotten the necessity of retreats for rebalancing ourselves.
Ancient Earth-based people recognized the value of regular withdrawing from the world as essential, designating times of women’s bleeding or times of men’s sweat lodges as sacred retreats.
These times of retreat were considered necessary to maintain harmony within the family, the community, and with the Earth.
Worldwide, indigenous peoples have included sacred retreats as a way of assuring peace and balance within their societies, yet our modern world has lost the understanding that retreats are just as important as progress.”