But can’t afford a spa?
Everyday we are logged on, synched up, plugged in, downloading, uploaded, online, tuned in, check out…deep inhale. News and information buzzes all around, lists of to dos pile up and become endlessly long…kids to camp, meetings to make, repair person to call, doctor appointments to schedule…and throw in a couple loads of laundry while we’re at it.
Our lifestyles can easily become ridiculous. It’s all we can do sometimes to find those 15 minutes a day to give ourselves, let alone an hour for working out or yoga or whatever.
And let’s face it, a week away on a deserted island is a pipe dream. Even a weekend away at a spa somewhere for a little r & r is laughable.
What’s a stress case to do?
Consider the monastic getaway.
Hold up. Let’s stop and address all concerned – From those with a strong religious background, to the agnostic, and even aetheist friends – on a few important points here.
“Retreating” could offer the following: 1. Simple room and board to people of all backgrounds and denominations or lack there of. 2. complete solitude 3.peace and relaxation. 4. praying and/or meditation are optional and not required. 5. Schedules are not given. Your time is your own. 6. Usually costs are based on what you can donate or afford.
A monastic retreat offers perspective and balance…old school style.
Spirituality may or may not be something you aspire to, but there are few adverse to a little peace of mind and quiet away from the everyday rat race. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to run away for some solitude and self care. You may even learn something from those whose lives are lived simply and with such love for humanity.
There are monasteries, abbeys, and retreat houses throughout the US and the world. Here are a few samples:
Conception Abbey, Conception, MO
Mid America Buddhist Association, Augusta, MO
The Monastery of Christ in the Dessert in Abiqiu, NM
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Berkshire Hills of MA
Valermo Retreat, San Gabriel Mountains, Valyermo, CA
The Raj, Fairfield, IA ( This one is significantly more expensive, and yes it IS a spa, however it seemed important to showcase an ayurvedic option as well).