Silent Retreat – Day 5

Monday Day 5 “Silence is the soul’s break for freedom”. David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea. There are so many quotable lines in this wonderful book, but this line describes my silent retreat experience. I read it the morning of my last day and thought, yes, this is exactly how I feel. I had a … [Read more…]

Silent Retreat – Day 4

Sunday Day 4 There is always a sense of loss when I finish a book. I get emotionally involved with the characters, and then it ends. Whether a happy or sad ending, I often feel empty. I stare into space thinking about what I’ve read, wondering about the characters, letting the emotions wash through me. … [Read more…]

Silent Retreat Days 2 & 3

Some days are more productive than others… Friday night It’s the third night and I would love to take a bath, but there are only showers – boo hoo. My mind is a bit dazed with the effort of thinking, silence, and quiet. Saturday morning Day #3 ” I’m not saying you did it, I’m … [Read more…]

Silent Retreat – Day 1

There’s more to do on retreat than I imagined. There’s eating, walking, meeting with your director, reading, writing, eating, walking, reading, writing, doing yoga, meditating, reading, eating, reading, getting a massage – thinking, sleeping…..repeat. ‘Confusion’ is the word I wrote at the first meeting with my director. She asked me to write one word that … [Read more…]

Silent Retreat – Arriving

I don’t know if the difficulty I had getting to the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA was just bad luck or an underlying resistance to the whole concept of spending 5 days in silence with complete strangers. Coming from the excellent heart opening workshop with Patty Townsend at Kripalu and listening to the soothing voice … [Read more…]