Okay, that’s not quite an accurate caption, but read on and hopefully you’ll get the message I’m trying to drive home. Have you ever stopped to just be silent and still? Well, try it, it might just be the break you need. A few weeks ago, I was in the middle of working on a book review when I came across some much needed advice that suited my current situation at the time. Attend a silent retreat!
At one point or another, we all get to that stage in our lives where we must stop, be silent and listen to our inner self, our internal struggles and conflicting voices. Inspired by what I had read, I scheduled time to attend a silent retreat not too far from home (I was surprised to find there was a center right in my backyard) but failed to follow through on my appointment due to the weather on the appointed day. However, I plan to attend one when the weather gets warmer. In the meantime, I have opened myself up to the idea of daily meditations and silent moments, which I have successfully followed through on a regular basis. I promise to share my experiences at this one-day silent retreat, in a future issue, but for now, I wanted to share with you the reasons why I’m considering going on a silent retreat.
The book I happened to be reading which led to my moment of clarity is a book by two very dedicated and hardworking women, Akilah S. Richards and Katrina M. Harrell. In their book, How She Got Free: A 5-Step Spiritual Business Manual for Women Who Lead through Entrepreneurship, Katrina and Akilah describe a woman very much like me. Layna, their fictional character, is a business woman who is finally burned out. Due to being overworked, disorganized and overextended, she has strayed so far from her dreams that she has begun to miss important deadlines, losing valuable clients as a result. Having run out of ideas on how to get back to her usual effective and organized self, Layna goes on a silent retreat to retrace her steps back to her first love – herself.
While I haven’t yet gone on the retreat, nor do I think the retreat will be a quick fix for my problems, I have begun to see some progress in my thought process and the future of my dreams. The love is back, and so is the excitement I used to have about the present and the future. With all this, the willpower to shake things up! As a result of my emotional and mental growth, let’s just say that you’re about to see some very exciting changes here at Afrikan Goddess Magazine!
Meanwhile, why don’t you grab a copy of this very inspiring book written by two very talented and dedicated women who have found a way to touch me, in ways they could never imagine, with their uplifting and strong words. You won’t regret it. Or, share your thoughts below and be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of How She Got Free!
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