We had a grace-filled weekend with these six USC women as they experienced their silent retreat! It was a privilege for the Vocations Alive Team to journey with these women this weekend. Please continue your prayers for them.#godisgood#silentretreat#vocationsalive
Today another day of silence retreat! A day in which i notice how healing silence can be, how attention builds up over a day, allowing you to experience a deep serenity.
It's raining for the past few days in the Netherlands, some might get grumpy about these weatherconditions. But I always remember these wise words of Pema Chödron, and then even awful weather makes me happy (yes, also when i find myself on a bike without a raincoat 😂) Weather just shows how changable impermanent and thus beautiful the world is.
How often is there an emotional storm in my life, neccesary for one reason or another. And in the midst of that storm I still recognize myself, my mind & my soul.
Weather is just a part of life, whether that be in the world around us, or in the world within.
The graphics are again from amazing: @subliming.jpg
I'm feeling thankful for the godly women God has woven into my life. One woman who wanted to gift me with some time for myself, bc God put it on her heart. So I got to treat myself to a mini silent retreat where I enjoyed some coffee, took a walk, prayed, read and painted for the first time in too long. One very wise friend who shared her heart for praying scriptures over our kids this week inspired some of my prayer time. And another friend gifted me with a great book by an author I love, "Present Over Perfect," that I finally got to crack open.
#PresentOverPerfect . An appropriate title for my mini-retreat. Bc the time to do this sort of thing is few and far between, I felt all this pressure to use it well and not "waste" it, but I came out of it having settled into the peace of being present by letting go of making it "perfect." In the same way, my little 2-hour sketch painting is not perfect by any means, but I got to enjoy just putting brush to canvas.
Inviting you to ponder 2 things as reflect on my time and exit this sacred space...1) Friends lifting each other up and pointing each other to God is a huge part of healthy community & #FaithAtHome . What is God calling you to this week in regard to this? Maybe to identify and thank the people who are bringing you closer to God? Or maybe to reach out and lift up a friend? 2) What are you trying to make perfect and how might that look different if you stopped trying to achieve perfection and just embraced whatever it is for what it is?
Mais oui, mes amis! It is that time of year again when I go on my biannual silent retreat with the Cistercian monks in the deepest, divinely beautiful and seriously remote area of the South of France. I have stayed in this cloistered community renewing my faith for God, humanity, restoration of sanity and arduous labour with great joy and humility every fall.
In France, we celebrate Touissaint, which literally means "all saints." It is a two week long homage to all of the saints and loosely, what the rest of the world refers to as Halloween. However, it is a pagan (Catholic) celebration of the dead.
L'Abbeye Sènanque is one of the oldest working abbeys in France and harvests medicinal blue lavender as well as lavender for candles, decorations and soap. The monks also keep bees for honey. This particular community of monks broke away from the Vatican by deeming it unfair to the poor. The abbey was completed in 1184 AD and is located in a plateau surrounded by dangerous terrain and mountains. The monks chose this location so they could live in harmony with nature and their cloistered brotherhood. In all honesty, not much has changed.
The monks take a vow of silence and begin their prayers at 4:00 and finish at 9:09. Throughout the day, the monks labour with their religious studies or grow their own food. All psalms and passages of the Bible are chanted and it is the most amazing services I have ever been to.
I have one small but incredibly gorgeous room on the 2nd floor overlooking the monks private garden, fruit trees and mountains. I request room #34 every year and frère Jean assures I get it.
I am visiting during one of the most breathtaking times of the year,Automne! The leaves are changing and the temperature for labour is perfect! August, is another beautiful time but very hot!
I honestly cannot express to you all how blessed I am!
May God be with!
Was pretty intrigued by #SilentRetreat (2013).🤐 /////////// #31DaysOfHorror
Quite a strange concept, with a few “wtf” moments, but at least it wasn’t something I had seen a thousand times before! Suspenseful, with a touch of #gore , but would have been much better without the unnecessary creature added to the whole thing.
Mijn stilte meditatie retraite zit er weer op... Vijf dagen leven te midden van een groep, maar toch in totale stilte. Veel mensen roepen gelijk dat ze dat nooit zouden kunnen of t er in elk geval heel moeilijk mee zouden hebben, maar echt: t went 😉 Het was nu de vijfde keer dat ik zo'n meerdaagse retraite volgde en ik vond de stilte heerlijk (ik vond t haast een beetje jammer toen de stilte verbroken werd). En dan komt na afloop natuurlijk de vraag: was het het waard? heeft t je wat opgeleverd? Ja en ja 😊 al vind ik t moeilijk om het zo één-twee-drie uit te leggen... Ik heb in elk geval mezelf (en de werking van mn eigen mind) weer een beetje beter leren kennen en heb ook een diepere laag of begrip in mn meditatie beoefening aangeraakt, waar ik weer even mee verder kan. T zal ongetwijfeld terug te merken zijn in mn lessen de komende tijd 😉 Anyway, bijgaand een filmpje van de muuryoga serie die ik elke dag op mn kamertje deed; superlekker omdat t grootste deel van de serie de rug ondersteund wordt door de vloer, heel fijn na al die uuuuuren mediteren 😉
Today begins our 3 day silent vipassana retreat at the Buddho TT.
It's hard for me to not make eye contact, to not say hello first thing in the morning, hard to sit still all day AND not make a peep. But always so, so worth it.
See you on the other side. ❤
Day 3 of my mindfulness retreat with @suryacitta and we were treated to an incredible orange sun as well as a delicious meal at lunchtime.
Apparently the cause was wind blowing in from Iberia, bringing with it regular dust but also fine particles of ash from forest fires in central Portugal and west central Spain.
We've done Day 3 of mindfulness teacher training, which was a silent retreat day.
I love talking to my course mates, but to be in silence for the day, outside of teaching and learning in the sessions, was a very interesting experience. Comfortable silence is a lovely thing.
We couldn't help tugging each other's sleeves and pointing out today's red sun (see next photo) though! 😁 That was a lunchtime treat, along with the super-tasty home cooked food.
Arrived 🙏🏼 Day of 1 a 7 day silent retreat begins. What does that mean? Refraining from speaking, reading, using technology (so technically I’m already breaking the rules by making this post 🤷🏻♀️🤐), painting, journaling, intimacy (solo or otherwise ), consuming alcohol. Everyday starts at 630am and ends at 900pm, with sessions that alternate between movement and mindfulness. so what’s the point? Focusing on yourself and what’s going on inside of you/your mind. This is my first time engaging in a retreat like this, so I’m very curious about my own response to this experience! #SilentRetreat#Meditation#Mindfullness#Yoga#Disconnecting#IHopeIMakeItThrough 😳 #OmegaInstitute
WELLNESS TIME OUT
When I close my eyes, find stillness in my body and listen to my breath, I come to a place I call home. Home is where I can feel my own heart beat and give myself space to experience the spectrum of emotions. Like any home, it can be filled with noise but the spaces of soft serene quietness is what this practice starts to create more of. That space that differentiates my reaction vs my response. ✌🏻 out, homies. I'm going silent for 7 days and connecting with a place I call home.