Bloom Retreat Blog

We weren’t meant to live like this.

I am writing to you from atop a mountain in Sundance, Utah. I’m staying in a little cabin, surrounded by trees, a sitting porch, mountain air, glittery stars, a half moon, and complete silence. Everyone in my family is asleep right now, and I can finally hear my own voice. I can feel my breath moving in my body and there is a sense of peace and quiet moving through me that I only feel when I find the space to slow down. I’ve been reflecting on the energy and the buzz of American life right now, especially for us women. When I tap into the feeling (and it’s easy to do when I’m so far away), it seems like a hurricane. It feels like we are moving incredibly fast, hustling, driving around all day, trying to keep up with the pace of everyone else, striving to be the perfect wife, mom, and co-worker (or at least to create the illusion of being perfect). We feel the need to work out harder, get back to the body we had when we were 25 years old, and fit ourselves into an impossible mold. Our to-do list is too long, and our minds get caught in endless circles of should’s and have-to’s, constant judgments, and paralyzing fears. It’s hard to find space to simply be quiet and listen to our...

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I have no words.

I’ve been wanting to write to you lately, but in the past couple months I have been at a loss for words. Honestly, I go to write an email and nothing comes out. There have been more tears lately than words. But these have been the good kind of tears. The truth is, I have been letting myself sink into and feel what is truly happening at Bloom Retreat, and in particular in The Practice®. It’s been stunning. I feel like with all the chaos and noise in the world right now, something else is happening simultaneously. It’s like women are evolving really fast, and we are waking up. Waking up to ourselves, to our truth, to our power. We are feeling a nudge to live a different way, or to speak up, or to say no, or to change something we’ve wanted to change forever. It’s like we realize that now is the time. The call is getting louder and louder, and harder to ignore. Every week in The Practice® we talk about what it means to be a woman today. We talk about compassion, boundaries, and living undefended as the women we truly are. We talk about what blocks us, what moves us, and how we truly want to live. Again, I just can’t put it into words. All I know is that in every session,...

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A Mother’s Day Prayer

A Mother’s Day Prayer “You’re going to be okay”, she said. The night before she died. Words I heard from her my entire life. Although I didn’t fully understand her until then. Until her last hours. Until there was no more time. Here. “You’re going to be okay. And if you need me, just listen. I’m always right here with you.” The words still echo in my heart. I hear you Mom. I understand. I listen every day. I get it now, Mom. I am okay. I’m always okay. Because I am you. Because you are Her. Because your voice is inside of me. Because we’ve been wound together forever. Because you taught me how to trust. Because you showed me how to stand up. Because you gave me voice and breath and life. Because you told me to listen. Even broken and wounded you taught me Mom. You still do. Every day you teach me. And now I rage for you. I rise for you. I heal for you. I get louder every day Mom, because there is no more time. Here. The time is now. I hear you. To live. Loudly. Undefended. Unapologetically. To listen. To Her voice. To nurture. To honor. And trust we will be okay. Because we will. Because you are right here. And I hear you. Michelle Long, MA Founder of The Practice® and Bloom Retreat...

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What is Perfectionism Costing You?

I've been thinking about what it means to be perfect. We’ve been diving deep into this conversation in The Practice® this week, and I would love to hear your thoughts. Where does perfectionism show up in your life, and what is it costing you? As far as I can see, in all the women I meet (myself included) perfectionism is taking a toll. It shows up everywhere. In our relationships. In our careers. In our parenting. In our homes. In our bodies. In our yoga classes. In our Facebook feeds. In our expectations of others. And perfectionism is expensive. It costs us everything. Intimacy. Connection. Time. Freedom. Joy. Spontaneity. Laughter. Money. Our Health. Our Self. We strive to be something we're not for the sake others. We try to keep up and show up as if everything is all tucked in and buttoned up just right. And we do this at the expense of ourselves. We hide behind the veil of perfectionism, hoping that if everything is lined up perfectly (or at least looks like it is) life will finally feel better and it will all make sense. But perfectionism is an illusion. What it costs us is what we crave the most. So how do we challenge this tricky illusion? How do we shake it off and show up as we truly are? Well, maybe we say yes to spontaneous sex in the living room when usually we say no. Maybe we leave the dishes in the sink and meet...

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Wanna join our Spring Community 14-Day Cleanse?

Perfect timing for Spring. Get in here! I wanted to reach and and let you know about our Annual Spring Community 14-Day Cleanse which kicks off on May 12!  With Spring here the cleanse is perfectly timed to help you feel great in your body again, and the best part is, we're going to do it together! This cleanse is perfect for you if...

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