During the August 3-6, 2017, I spent some much needed time away in Highlands, North Carolina at the HBW Summer Camp to pray, to work, to meditate and ask God for direction following the passing of my 77-year-old mother on July 17, 2017. This area in North Carolina is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What impressed me the most about my trip here? I was about to focus on my self-care. The Mountain Retreat Learning Center in North Carolina environment is conductive to self-care. What is self-care?
Self-care is care for oneself. It is very important that everyone practice self-care every day. Self-care is important because it allows you to focus on taking care of yourself first before taking care of other. You cannot give to another person what you do not have for yourself. Self-care is essential to all victims and survivors of domestic violence because it allows you to look inward and focus on loving yourself unconditionally. Self-care allows you to affirm you and love you just the way you are without any judgments and any conditions. I was able practice self-care to care for myself at this mountain retreat by going to the Meditation Rock. I meditated, prayed, worship God and thanked God for the blessing of being there for my self-care at the Meditation Rock. I walked the camp ground acres and acres of land atop the Highlands Plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina where I commune with God and nature at its best. At Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, I participated in my first Labyrinth walk. I went to my first camp Bonfire and I ate smores for the first time in my life.
I ate fresh fruits, vegetables grown in the garden at the retreat. I was able to journal my thoughts, hopes, dreams, and goals. I was able to grieve the death of my beloved mother as well as honor my mother memory. I was able to celebrate my 51st birthday and give praise to God for the blessing of seeing another birthday. It was good to be away from the distractions of the telephone, television, and day to day hustle of working a 9-to-5 job and just be still to hear the voice of God. Your self-care does not have to be expensive. It can be as simple as sitting still for 10 minutes, taking a nap, walking around the block, going to the lakefront area in your community, taking a bubble bath, giving yourself a manicure, a pedicure, or reading a pray. So remember. Please take time out each day to practice your self-care. It is a way of life that you must train yourself and practice daily. Love yourself enough to care for yourself so you can heal physically, mentally and emotionally. Be good to yourself. To learn more about the HBW Summer Camp and the Mountain Retreat Learning Center go to www.happyblackwoman.com and www.TheMountainRLC.org.
Rekitta Peters hold a M.S. degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University and B.A. degree in Urban Studies from Dillard University. Rekitta Peters is the founder and owner of the Purple Vision blog http://purplevision.org/blog/. She is a blogger, writer, entrepreneur and is currently the Assisant Director of the Council Research Division for the City of New Orleans. She is available for planning and facilitating assignments, writing assignments, speaking engagements, workshop, training and conference offerings.