For the second time in my life I’m taking a month off.
Road trip! (Just writing it this way makes me smile. And smiling is good, because I’ve been really nervous about this trip the last few days.)
Taking a month off from my business — taking any time at all besides a few days — has always been very challenging. It’s easier this time than it was in 2010, when I went to Europe for the first time. Easier, by a little bit. My clients have been very encouraging and supportive; when I was doubting that I could let go of projects and of my practice it was my beloved clients who encouraged me to do this! So grateful for each of you!
I’m actually taking a break from writing!
I was worried about stopping my weekly flow of posts, but now I’ve really embraced this opportunity to unplug from routine and recharge — allowing an opening to absorb new experiences, information and images.
I have some guest posts coming for you, from some wonderful writers, which I will get set up and scheduled before I leave. There should be one each week, if all goes as planned. I will schedule a couple of newsletters to go out with links to the guest posts for you.
I will be back to my regular posting schedule by the end of May, writing about the Gemini New Moon.
I will be out exploring.
I am going to visit some of California’s abundant beautiful spots, many of which will be new to me. I’m going to Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Joshua Tree (the desert) — to a women’s Vipassana meditation retreat, Kernville (Sequoia National Park), Mammoth Mountain (Death Valley, lodgepole pines — oldest trees in the world), South Lake Tahoe, and Sonora (Yosemite).
Different wonders. Different climates. Different eco-systems.
I will be taking iPhone photos, as I do, and making art as I go. Ephemeral nature mandalas are always on my agenda. Made of bits of twig and rock and feather found where I am, plus some other sacred bits I may be carrying with me, offerings from my heart in gratitude for time spent in Mother Earth’s majesty, under the dome of her tree cathedrals, standing on her shores. Offerings I leave behind me to be reclaimed by the wind and the tides.
I will be posting photos to Facebook on my personal page and to my business page, to my Instagram account, and to Pinterest. Please connect with me on one or more of those, so I can share with you as I go.
I will be traveling as a pilgrim, and walking with sacred intention as much as I can.
Just as when I write, or when I mentor clients, or help a client with her branding and website — intention matters. Every word, every interaction, every single thing has a more positive impact when it comes from sacred intention.
Taking a holiday? Three tips for bringing the sacred with you as you go
- Pack a travel altar, and bring your journal. My altar will contain the Mythical Goddess tarot deck, the Goddess oracle deck, some stones from my altar, the Goddess triptych I made for my inspiration altar (Brigid, Lakshmi and Qadesh), and more small sacred bits. Write something each morning that holds your intention for that day. For me, pulling a card from each of my decks and writing about those cards each morning really helps me set sacred intention.
- Tread lightly. Stay humble. When you travel in humility, instead of entitlement, you will find that you can make amazing connections as you go. Say please and thank you, early and often. Find out where locals eat and hang out and go there. If you’re lucky enough to be in 12-step recovery, go to meetings as you travel. There’s no better way to feel instantly at home, I find.
- Treat your body as the holy vessel it is even when you’re on vacation. There’s a huge difference in the way you will move through your journey, based on how you choose to roll. Self-care is easy to pack and bring with you, sister. I’ve chosen to stay in places with kitchens I can use. I’ll be bringing some essentials (ghee, coconut oil, good salt, soaked almonds for sure) with me that allow for good-for-my-body eating. Take some time for your spiritual practice. Meditation, t’ai chi, and yoga can be done anywhere. If you can’t bring your mat, or find a bit of floor space for your practice, you can take a meditative walk.
How do you travel? What do you do to stay connected to the sacred when you’re on the road, and away from routine? How do you recharge when you take a break from your business? I’d love to hear from you; talk to me in the comments!