I had the good fortune to go to revitalize 2015, held at Miraval, and it was magical. I was finally able to turn OFF this contemplative brain of mine and just be.
It all began with a breakfast and coffee with Jason Wachob on the first day. I told him that I had been feeling lackluster in my personal and professional life.
With so many big life decisions looming, I wanted answers and I wasn’t energized enough to connect with what those answers could potentially be. Similar to a swimming burnout that I'd gone through before, no part of me wanted to have any fun.
So, what did Jason provide? A listening ear. And simple, powerful advice. “Burckle," he said. "Just stop doing and wanting. Don’t do anything. Just be.”
Oh, was he right!
I realized that — as a former competitive swimmer (I won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics) — I have been “doing” and trying to produce those "athlete results" forever. So, in Arizona, for once I tried to stop and soak things in.
And I did just that. After consuming approximately 65 green juices, a margarita or two, and tons of laughs and tears in the inspirational talks, I truly revitalized. I lost my mind and came to my senses. I felt everything, and I left with some incredible friends, a fresh outlook, and some desert sunburns.
Here's what I did:
1. I ditched my phone.
Yeah, I did it. For a day. I “left it” somewhere. The number of conversations I had with actual human beings, face-to-face, was astounding.
2. I interacted with someone new every time I could.
3. I splurged on a deep tissue massage.