A few weeks ago I wrote about my need for a yoga retreat...well, actually about my need for any kind of retreat. I decided that I was going to make it happen no matter what. There were plans and a few spoiled plans but good things come to those that wait. Right?
Well finally, last week I had a mini-retreat. I wasn't able to etch out a full day but even the half day that I found was worth the efforts and I dedicated it to myself to get my creative juices flowing.
It started with time alone in a cafe and my journal...luxurious! Then I headed into Toronto and spent my time at the Art Gallery of Ontario marveling at the brilliance of the artist Alexander Calder (what a joyful, inquisitive mind!) and photographer/artist Edward Steichen. Absolute brilliance! As I walked the exhibits of European Art, Canadian Art and on and on I felt my creative self rising to the surface again. My thought patten moved to a rhythm that makes me feel inspired and calm. I had the time to see the brilliance and genius of the artists that I admired and studied while at University.
In a moment of calm inspiration and lost in my own thoughts, I took the time to sit down to scribble a few notes. While scribbling and contemplating in my journal I was told to move on (in a harsh whisper I might add) as I was apparently sitting on a piece of art! In my defense...it looked like a beautiful wooden bench. (see image above...that long wooden bench looking piece of wood; if you go...don't sit here to write in your journal. This is a piece of art with a deeper purpose, not a bench!) I had a good little chuckle at myself once I recovered from the embarrassment.
I was happy to experience the architecture of Frank Gehry and loved the renovation of the AGO. I left feeling inspired, re-energized and renewed. Next retreat however, will definitely include the artisan cheese, bottle of wine and a therapeutic bath that I dreamed of in my first retreat posting!
Consider giving yourself a retreat or even a mini retreat. Let me know how it goes.