A retreat is a gift you give yourself, a way to step back from the activities, obligations and To Do lists of your everyday life. It is a time to immerse yourself in silence so you can tune in to your inner wisdom. It is a space for reflection, writing, meditating, caring for your soul. It is your time to reconnect with your spirit, to be present in the moment, to rest and ponder what is really important to you.
I attended a retreat in March, 2012, at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin and here are a few of the gems I took with me. Silence slows me down, centers and grounds me, helps me to be instead of do. Spending time in silence allows me the space to look inward instead of outward. Silence reconnects me to my dreams, visions, creativity, intuition and imagination. It gives me room to breathe, to pause, to focus on what really matters to me.
What about you? When was the last time you sat in silence? How can you create space in your life for a regular practice of silence? What gifts are available to you in silence? What do you hear in silence? Who are you without your voice? What is it to live in the questions?
I invite you to explore the transformative power of silence at my February Retreat at the Carondelet Center in St Paul. Details are on my website.