1. Abstain from speaking. Silence leads to inwardness, even in the midst of family life.
2. Fast for a day. Fasting reminds us of the bounty of food available to us. It also lets the body rest from the busy-ness of digesting.
3. Spend a day in the garden. Or the container pots. Or a community garden. Plant bulbs for the spring. Anything to get your hands in the earth.
4. Go for a hike. Even an hour of one-on-one time with Mother Nature can reap huge relaxation dividends.
5. Lie in bed reading—all day! Can you say, “Ultra-nourishing?”
6. Do a media fast for a week. Turn off all input—TV, radio, stereo, newspaper, Internet, videos, books—and see what insights “tune in.”
7. Get a massage in your home. Follow that with down-time and the R&R is complete.
8. Take a long, hot bath. Candlelight, bath salts and wine optional.
9. Spend a day doing what you love, not what you must. Paint, poke around the architectural salvage yard, take a book to the park—anything but what’s on your to-do list.
10. Take a nap. These are especially delicious when strategically placed in the middle of a hectic day.
You may want to use these ideas, but more importantly, begin to create a list of your own ways to create a mid-winter mini retreat.
Take good care,
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