Just over a month ago, I went on my annual silent retreat. While normally my retreat is for a 3-4 days, this year I went on a 7 day silent retreat at Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, MA. . In my recent dotMagis post, I addressed my worries about confronting stillness:
Silence is part of my daily life as my husband heads to work and as my kids head to school. There are hours within my day when our house is quiet, save the sound of my fingers typing on the computer or the hum of the washer or dryer tumbling in the background.
Stillness, however, is rare. Days are full, starting with early mornings of getting everyone ready for school. As I return from dropping my daughter off at preschool, the clock begins ticking, marking the seconds remaining to accomplish my work before I slip back into my favorite role as a stay-at-home mom when my children return from school. The late afternoons are full and loud as I eagerly listen to the boisterous telling of my children’s days in between snacks, homework, and dinner preparation. The energy rises as Chris returns home, and the four of us spend the few cherished hours each night together eating dinner, preparing for the next day, tackling chores, and playing.
Day to day life is full and busy, and I was anxious about being confronted with 7 days with no to do lists and agenda items. The gift of both silence and stillness from those 7 days on retreat was a blessing, one that is still deepening in my day to day life.
How do you feel about facing both silence and stillness in your own life?