Simplify Life Retreat; A Story and Quotes

This is a story abut a little girl and her dream. From the day she learned the word "choreographer" she had a big, yet simple dream; to have her own dance company and travel the world. It all came to her while dancing in her room, as she often did, around the age of six. She knew she didn't need to get married or have a baby to make her happy. All she wanted to do was dance. So she set her intention and went on with her life. 

As years went by, life happened. She dealt with the growing pains most children did and then some, but somehow she also managed to be grounded and happy.

Fast forward, the little girl was now all grown up. She lived in New York City and was dancing but she was no longer grounded and happy. She was living her dream, so she thought, but it wasn't fulfilling her as she had planned and it seemed impossible for her to build her own company successfully. It was heartbreaking. So she retired, got married, and started studying yoga as her next career. Life got more complicated those years as she let go of her dream and searched for a new meaning; she watched her husband struggle with his own issues of happiness, they got a cat, they moved for the cat, they got a dog, they moved out of the city for the dog and the husband, she made the transition out of the city to small town life, something she was not very familiar with being a city girl, and then they bought a house.

That's when 2013 arrived. The year things got even more complicated but little did she know it was a new beginning to a simpler life. She watched almost everything get stripped away, as if the universe was doing its own spring cleaning for her. 

In October that year, she went to visit her best friend from childhood. It was the first moment she had to breathe and reflect on how she felt. She asked herself, "what do you want?" And she answered, "to teach and travel the world." So she set her intention and went on with her life. A year later, she started her own company and now travels the world. 

The lesson she learned here after 30 years is she is her own choreographer to the dance of life. It is that simple. 

"When carving a stone, the sculptor removes everything that is not the statue. She does not add anything to create it, except the willingness to do the work. The art of revealing beauty lies in removing what conceals it. Our work is to chisel away at everything that is not essence, not self." -Judith Lasater

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary can speak."  -Han Hoffman

"Elegance is achieved when, having discarded all superfluous things, we discover simplicity and concentration. The simpler the pose, the better, the more beautiful...the simplest things in life are the most extraordinary. Let them reveal themselves. The nearer the heart comes to simplicity, the more capable it is of loving freely and with our fear. The more fearlessly it loves, the more capable it is of revealing elegance in its every gesture." -Paulo Coehlo

Excerpts from "Journey to the Heart" by Melody Beattie

"Let yourself begin anew. Pack your bags. Choose carefully what you bring, because packing is an important ritual. Take along humility and the lessons of the past. Toss in some curiosity and the excitement about what you haven't yet learned. Say your good-byes to those you're leaving behind. Don't worry who you will meet or where you will go. The way has been prepared. The people you are to meet will be expecting you. A new journey has begun. Let it be magical. Let it unfold."

"Your next step, the answer to the question you've been mulling about-the direction for the next stage of your growth, where you will live next, what you need to do next about work, money, or that problem you've been struggling with-will come. If you fussing and straining, you may not hear it. Don't worry about getting all your answers and your agenda for the years ahead. That is not how this process works. In order to participate in this more magical way os life, trust that all you need to know will be revealed to you when it is time."

"Let the universe help you. You are not in this world alone. You never have been, although your belief may have created that illusion. 

Tell the universe what you want. Tell a friend. Tell God, too. Tell yourself. Write it down on a list. Be clear and forthright about what you need and want. Talk as if you were talking to a friend. That is not control. That is learning to own your creative power-your power to help create life. Then let go. Do not stand tapping your foot, impatiently waiting. Simply let go, the way you would if you trusted your friend to respond positively, in a way that was best for you."

"Open your eyes. Look around. See how the universe responds. Watch how it dances for you, with you. You are connected to a magical loving universe, one that will come alive for you, dance for you, in ways you cannot imagine-but in ways you will come to know as true."

"Come with me to the enchanted forest. Trust the magic is in the air; it is real. Take it with you wherever you go, for the magic you feel and want is yours if you simply believe."