A weekend of Desert RnR?This past weekend I went on a delicious girls’ retreat at the Palm Springs Hilton!
Me and Marilyn:
A few highlights: the huge pool and free time I had all to myself: people watching, getting a drink as I read my book, the nice hotel amenities like the fitness center and massager soap
And most of all 90 minutes of blissful solitude with God, reading and journaling from a guided meditation…And Holy Yoga!
What’s that you say? Yes, Christians do yoga! I never had a problem with it because to me it’s a stretch or just a workout but I know some people don’t like it (if they feel it’s against their religion, which is ok, to each his own) BUT Holy Yoga is nice when it’s pleasant inspiring music (praise and worship or contemporary Christian), and the certified instructor leads you with Scripture to meditate on. You can google search Holy Yoga to see if there’s a church or a park hosting classes!(nominal fee or donation).
It was awesome. I am so thankful for this amazing time!
A few low lights, though: there was a dust storm that first night so for some reason there was hardly any sun with a huge grey cloud cover and haze, and what was so weird was that it was super humid. Ugh. I am spoiled living out here, I am still not a fan of humidity! So when I expected to get a desert tan with the cacti, that didn’t happen but that’s not a big deal.
It hit me that maybe I need to learn to be quiet, be a better listener, slow down and not be so rushed…But the more relaxing the room was, and the more I wanted to go find the fitness center, pool, or a quiet coffee corner. I realized we came for solitude and rest, and I wasn’t getting that. I had a great time, just not as restful and quiet as I had hoped. Here’s a couple highlights:
Me and Lucy:
Me by the pool:
My carpool friends and I had the best time, one brought a great play list and one brought lots of car snacks for us! And a date shake for the road:
I am very thankful for such a wonderful time!