Heimir Posted August 14, 2018 Share Posted August 14, 2018 I will spend 2.5 weeks in Mozambique to relax. I want to have a meaningful time there, just for fun, but I also want to work on my inner person, as I notice that there is a lot of turbulence inside of me, for several reasons, one big one being my christian past that is haunting me and that I'd like to let go and heal from (as I wrote in another topic). I'm already doing that right now, and I am making progress almost every day, but I think this time is particulary good time to process some of that. Not only that, I find that I have been fighting to make something of my life since I left my faith, so I am also interested in exploring other aspects of myself and doing some creative stuff. Ironically, I will stay at the guest house of two friends who are living there for 2 years, working for a missionary organization. They call themselves christians, but they have seen my entire process, from being christian, to doubting more and more, to leaving and starting recovering, and they have always supported me and never argued with me about anything, so they are very open minded and just good people. So, with all of these goals in mind, I came up with this list of activities: - Journaling - Self-authoring *1 - Do homework for my psychologist (no idea what that will be) - Meditate - Take walks in town and in nature - Do some sightseeing/safari (preferably not one by car, but walking or cycling) - Go mountain climbing - Exercise (once or twice per day) - Take pictures with my camera (in nature) - Relax with my friends - Sleep a lot - Cook - Drawing things - Make music (if I can find an instrument) - Learn portuguese and some words in the local language (both just for fun) - Read a lot (leaving the fold is one of these, but I may read 5-10 books) - Not do anything productive - Make as little plans as possible (this list is an idea list, not a to-do list) - If possible: don't use my laptop or phone. Don't check email or use the internet in any way. What do you think? How can I make this retreat as helpful and relaxing as possible? I don't have to return fully healed of my christian past (that's unrealistic), but I feel like I can have a pretty transformative time. Of course I can't force that, but I am looking for ways to facilitate this. Having written this, I should ask my therapist, she definitely has something to say (she already joked that she could give me loads of homework to do... haha, it's interesting how after one session she already seems to understand that I am quite a fanatic type - but well my #1goal is to take it easy). Thanks in advance! *1 - write about your past/future/present and "sort yourself out" in that way, by Jordan Peterson and colleagues. To be clear, I don't agree with him on everything (I agree with no one on everything), but I find a lot of his works helpful and inspiring Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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