So you might be asking, “Why should I go to a retreat anyway?” Here are some reasons:
- Matrix Reason – Neo had an intuitive feeling that the life he was leading wasn’t the full truth of his existence. He became curious and followed leads and signs into the unknown, where he found his true skills, talents and his true purpose. In a way, we all live in the Matrix; a clearly defined set of rules that define our culture, and define what we can and can’t say or do. Expanding beyond the Matrix is scary, but deeply fulfilling. This weekend will be marked by a safe and wholesome idea: the more risks we take, in search of greater fulfillment, the more considerate and kind we must be. In short, more risks means more rules, not less rules. So, the only question left to ask is…red pill or blue pill?
- Braveheart Reason- We only live once. Are we willing and courageous enough to take a risk to win over personal freedoms? Or are we happy with half-measures, endless compromises, that insure our emotional comfort. Look back on the happiest day of your life, I bet it wasn’t the most mundane, predictable day of your life. William Wallace was also a person of action who grew weary of endless talk. Our weekend will keep this in mind as we move from some discussion on Saturday to more direct experience as each activity is entered into.
- I Love a Challenge- People love to underestimate us, love to tell us we can’t do something. Other times, we are our worst enemies, we actually tell ourselves that we can’t achieve something. So, here is your opportunity to prove yourself and everybody else wrong and reach for these 7 activities. You can do it!
- To break out of old habit patterns- We all have habit patterns, we go to the mall, to the restaurant, to the park or our favorite places. We get comfortable with at least a partial routine. We can get used to putting others in a box and seeing them in a potentially limited way. Habit patterns can close in all around us, until we live in a very small space in our mind. We can form stereotypes of ourselves and others that might be convenient, but leave out the richness of our individuality and thus the richness of our potential experiences with others. Experience is a stereotype-buster that can pull down some of the walls we put up to defend and protect ourselves.
- Better Relationships- Unless we are a poet laureate, or Shakespeare we often can’t convey what we are really thinking and feeling. This effects the quality of our relationships. Much of our communication is garbled and we walk away saying, “If I had only said this or that.” Fortunately, we can unlock our potential for communicating who we are through Direct Experience. Psychologists think that up to 70-90 percent of our actual communication, what we are actually transmitting to others, is non-verbal. If you want to get to know yourself or another better, you may see another side of yourself or another through experiential activities. When we talk, we might not always be 100% truthful to ourselves or others, but I have found that our actual behavior can be wonderfully refreshingly truthful and honest.