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Listener Richard, an incoming college freshman who follows GetitDoneGuy on Twitter, knew I just returned from a 10-day retreat. He wrote:
Stever, did you do a write-up about your trip? If so, I'd love to read it.
Richard, this one's for you. Today's topic is Doing Your Homework.
Yes, I just got back from a glorious, 10-day "body-mind retreat." My best friend from college invited me a year ago. "It'll be wonderful," he said. "We'll lose weight, get exercise, and spend time together, all in a beautiful retreat center."
I zipped over to the website and looked at the pictures. They were lovely. The daily schedule had aerobics, health classes, saunas (my favorite!), and swimming. Wow! I signed up early to get the discount. I was proud of my advance planning.
Time passed. The big day arrived. As the bus pulled into the Zen Center, I was floored. It was more beautiful than I could have imagined. Peacocks strolled by. At dawn, sunlight glittered off dew drops collected on Lotus petals, turning them into jeweled rainbows of light. Chipmunks played games of chase. After our wood-fired sauna, we slipped into a spring-fed pool under the full moon and fireflies danced around our heads. It was magical.
The next day, we learned that we would be eating a healthy diet with lots of home-grown veggies, doing yoga, squeezing our own vegetable juice, hiking through beautiful canyons, giving ourselves daily enemas, rebounding, ...
Excuse me? What was that? Daily *what*? Suddenly, I started listening to what they were saying.