Sometimes stepping back, retreating if you may, is a necessity to reconnect to self and others, heal wounds, rejuvenate energetically or to create a plan to move forward. Retreat does not always have to be alone. Sometimes, we may need to take space, while reaching out to those that support us. It does not mean that we are inactive either. We may pursue experiences that assist with finding a center again (e.g., journaling, exercise, gardening, vacation, rest, meditation, etc.).
I have found that in taking time (whether it be for a few minutes, hours or days), that I am reminded of so much that is bigger than me. Problem solving gets clearer and I feel more relaxed. I am able to come from a place of acceptance or an “inner knowing” that I can face anything that is needed, embrace the positives and that I have all that I need within me to to navigate the world.
With as busy as our lives can be and technologically overflowing for some, I highly recommend that we take time to (and prioritize in our schedules if necessary ) retreat fully and in the process gain clarity in the moments.