The past days have been like a Sabbath. It was truly amazing to watch the leaves turn from green to gold, orange and red – some days in sunshine and some days in rain. Every day offered hours of quiet, walking remote roads, looking for four-legged critters, “seeing” with more attentive eyes (and the eye of my camera), watching the fire and reading. Companionship, conversation and silence. It’s been a good retreat.
Now that the leaves are brown, how can I take some of this retreat home with me? How can it become a more regular part of my life?
I want to do what Donna Scharper suggests in her book SABBATH SENSE:
to knit back together what has been separated in work and play
to reunite doing and being
to refuse to let all time be the same time
A challenge for me is to greet each day early and with both enthusiasm and ritual. That’s something I can do. (And it’s something I can do while still honoring a decent bedtime!)
How do you “retreat” in your life? Do you have a special day, or place or activity?
Are you able to count on a regular time?
Ruth Poochigian, O.P.