Today is my first day back after spending three days on a retreat. It was a fabulous time on the beautiful Lake Okoboji with a great group. The discussions were deep at times. The dreaming was wild at times. The food was fabulous. The lodge was wonderful. Now the retreat is over and it is time to get back to the daily work that I have escaped for a short time.
As I reflect upon the retreat, in the midst of digging out of piles of mail and an endless task list, I am surprised how exhausted I feel. Most people view a retreat as a time to relax, unwind, and gain a different perspective. While that is true in some cases, not all retreats are that way. Some retreats, like the one I just returned from, are mentally exhausting. When you spend time discussing philosophies, you can easily become mentally fatigued. When you vision and dream, you can find yourself in a whirling pool of thoughts that is similar to riding the Himalayan at an amusement park.
So today is a day of mental exhaustion, physical exhaustion, and an attempt to dig out of piles of tasks and mail that built up while I was gone. The retreat was great but it will take a few days for me to unpack everything from it.