I set this blog up to publish while I’m in Tassajara – disconnected (except for an emergency landline) from phone and internet. For me, it is the ultimate luxury.

And although I am leading a five-day writer’s workshop, I am making it into a retreat of my own. That’s partly the nature of the work I do as a teacher: I guide myself, even as I guide others.

Deena Metzger – writer, teacher, poet, healer, shaman – says, “We withdraw and the inner world appears, so we learn to follow its direction and laws. Retreat involves discovering those laws, then trying to live according to them. It is like settling into a foreign country.”

Retreat doesn’t necessarily require going off somewhere. It can be created in an hour or a day, so long as it is done with intention.

My wish for you who reads this is that you find a quiet corner – today – in your busy life. A time out for reflection. Or just a time out. Sit outside. Leave your phone and tea thermos at home.  Take time for nothing and see what comes.

If you feel like it, you can write about it later.

Happy retreating!

Photo Credit: Dylan McLeod 

I lead writing workshops in the Bay Area, and spend much of my so-called free time writing. To support my avocation (and my family) I sell residential real estate in San Francisco; for more about that visit RealEstateTherapy.org or CynthiaCummins.com.