7 Ways to Reignite Your Inner Spark

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often find ourselves caught up in the never-ending race against time. Our to-do lists grow longer, and the demands of work, family, and personal life seem to multiply endlessly. It’s no wonder that we sometimes feel drained, burned out, and disconnected from the passion and enthusiasm that once fuelled us. In these moments, what we desperately need is a break—a pause to renew and reignite our inner spark.

The modern world is a whirlwind of activity, constantly bombarding us with stimuli. From the moment we wake up to the minute we lay our heads down to sleep, we are inundated with information, responsibilities, and the pressure to perform. In this fast-paced environment, it’s easy to lose touch with our inner selves, the very essence that makes us unique.

Our inner spark – that passion, creativity, and zest for life, is like a fire that needs tending. When we neglect it for too long, it dwindles, and we risk losing sight of what truly matters. That’s where taking a break comes in.

However, navigating change within our familiar environment often presents a formidable challenge, as breaking free from established patterns can be an uphill struggle. This is precisely where retreats (whether short, medium or long) come into play, wielding their profound influence. By physically removing ourselves from the array of distractions that home offers, we create space for potent transformations to come about naturally.

Taking a break might seem selfish. However, it’s precisely when we’re feeling overwhelmed and drained that we need a break the most. It’s not a sign of weakness; it’s an act of strength and self-awareness. The Power of Pause by Terry Hershey is an excellent book that can help to show you the reasons why taking a break is an important step in maintaining balance in your life.

Reflection and Self-Discovery
When we’re constantly on the go, there’s little time for introspection. We become so focused on external demands that we forget to check in with ourselves. Taking a break provides the space and quiet necessary to reflect on our thoughts, feelings, and desires. It’s a chance to rediscover what truly matters to us, what makes us tick, and what brings us joy.

Resetting and Recharging
Imagine your mind and body as a battery. With each passing day, they lose power. A break is like plugging yourself back into the charger. It allows you to reset and recharge, both mentally and physically. Whether it’s a short walk in nature, a weekend getaway, or a more extended vacation, these moments of respite give your mind and body the opportunity to rest and recover.

Greater Enthusiasm and Effectiveness
Have you ever noticed how you return to your tasks after a break with more enthusiasm and clarity? That’s the magic of pausing. By stepping away from your routine, you create space for inspiration to flow, creativity to blossom, and enthusiasm to reignite. When you come back to your daily life, you do so with a newfound energy that enhances your effectiveness and passion.

Scheduling Regular Breaks: Make taking breaks a part of your routine. Whether it’s a daily meditation session, a weekly hike, or a yearly vacation, prioritize these moments of renewal.

Disconnecting: During your breaks, disconnect from the digital world. Put away your devices and immerse yourself in the present moment. There are many benefits to taking a digital fast.

Engaging in Activities You Love: Use your breaks to do things that truly bring you joy and relaxation. It could be reading, walking, gardening, or simply sitting in silence.

Sharing the Benefits: Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to take breaks too. A culture that values rest and renewal is a healthier and happier one. When I worked in the corporate world our department had a scheduled time each afternoon to get up and stretch together for just 5 minutes. It was a good way to bring the team together while getting some movement into the body.

In conclusion, renewing your inner spark through breaks is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for a fulfilling and sustainable life. The pause allows for reflection, resetting, and ultimately, coming back to daily life with greater enthusiasm and effectiveness. So, don’t hesitate to take that break, for it’s in those moments that you’ll find the power to reignite your inner spark and live a life that truly lights you up.

Life can be a challenge, find peace through healing retreats

Following on from my previous post about going with the flow and allowing plans to unfold and evolve as they need to… one of the ideas that we had originally been drawn to was to build a healing retreat on the property. The reality of the cost of building and of how we ended up utilizing the 5 acres made that idea fall away. Too many obstacles that we were unable to see past.

So, we let the idea rest. But the dream, the thought, kept nudging at my heart and my mind. Everywhere, I see the need for people to step out of their lives for even just a short while, to gain perspective, to have space to think and ground and heal – mind, body, emotion. We have many guests who tell us that they came to our out of the way little tiny home rental to take a break from work, from the weight of family commitments and just simply the burdens of life.

Very recently a young woman arrived for a month long stay. When I first met her I must admit I was concerned for her overall health. I welcomed her but just had a sense that I needed to let her be. A few days after she arrived she emerged from the rental and we had a chat. She was very open and expressed how she was dealing with many levels of trauma. I allowed her the space to talk. I mostly listened but when asked I would share thoughts and suggestions based on my own experience.

I suggested that she utilize everything that we and our property had to offer including the sauna, the sweet old claw foot bathtub, the forest, and the peaceful environment. I also suggested that she seek local health practitioners to help guide her on her journey. I witnessed her progress throughout the month and it was like watching a rose unfurl. When she got in her car to drive away and on to the next part of her journey to discover her Self and where her life path needed to go, she was a changed person. Still a seemingly fragile and delicate young woman but beneath that – a person who had had the strength and willingness to be completely vulnerable and alone – what I saw was a peaceful warrior, strong and ready to face life once more.

I am passionate about the healing journey and sharing not only my offerings but also the talents of practitioners here in the valley. I offer several yoga classes at Bindu Studio as well as personalized healing meditations, Yoga Nidra, and hands on spiritual healing at the health studio on our property.

A dream of mine has been to create private healing retreats at The Nest vacation rental to provide anywhere from 3 to 30 day long private healing retreats for one to two people at a time.

The concept is still being developed but essentially I work with guests to develop a unique and personal time for healing. Together, we build a plan for your stay depending on your needs and intentions for your retreat. You will be able to choose services from myself and health practitioners as mentioned above to support your healing journey.

Everything from minimal interactions with us but access to healing services as listed above (as well as the sauna) to lots of interactions including assistance with food prep, guidance with tools and techniques to build your optimal day that you can carry with you once you’ve finished your retreat. Or, somewhere in between, if you imagine it, let’s work together to make it happen!

If you are interested in more information please reach out, I’d be happy to talk more about this offering at Raven’s Perch with you.

In closing, here are some words from our guest who I spoke of above; she kindly wrote this testimonial of sorts for this post:

What a wonderfully restorative time! I stumbled across this listing on AirBnB – and it feels like a stroke of luck to have found a perfect little home, tucked away in the mountains. Not only did it meet my expectations – it exceeded them. Martha and Steve are incredibly welcoming and were able to offer a variety of services around the space itself, but the town of Winlaw in itself has many restorative practitioners and activities as well.
To be a bit more vulnerable, I drove into town feeling lost, un-rooted, and unwell. I made use of chiropractic, somatic massage therapy, yoga, sauna and time spent in nature itself to re-centre and re-ground. I loved how fresh the organic foods grown around the area were, and natural mineral water came straight from the tap too. I left feeling rejuvenated and re-energized to tackle life’s hurdles and changes of season again. – Melodi F.