Monday, January 19, 2009

Into Mini-Silence and Back

Back from a much-needed silent retreat that I didn't realize how much I much-needed. Although I'm the sole (human) inhabitant of my hermitage, the noise of daily life is...noisy. For much of this I have only myself to blame.

I'm so under the thrall of social media that I've taken to setting timers to limit my futzing around on Linked In, Twitter, and Facebook. These media can become very noisy -- and that's with muting the pinging and tweeting of incoming messages.

I've noticed how Twitter especially seems to trigger and sustain internal conversation. Still, it's better than wandering the streets muttering to imaginary friends. At least I'm muttering silently in front of a computer with people who exist. And I've come to treasure their presence in my life.

My tweet about going on a silent retreat generated a slew of replies similar to this delightful tweet, "Prayers ascending joining with yours." Rather than dive right back into conversation, I uploaded a picture from a chapel at Daylesford Abbey to signal my return and received a slew of welcome back messages.

So how was two days and one night of social silence? Spiritually productive and relaxing -- especially after rearranging the furniture in my room. More about that and other tips for going on retreat in my next post.

Picture: Looking up at Daylesford Abbey


  1. I am so happy your retreat was beneficial, I'm sure on a few levels. Had to laugh about the furniture and wonder now if you got the shakes without that vacuum. Please...did you really ask them for one?? Hahaha

  2. Did not have to ask for a vacuum. Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA is admirably, impeccably clean. Maybe because the Norbertine's wear white?

  3. Good to have you back, Meredith! I've been off Twitter for the weekend and will probably dip into the stream, today :-)

  4. Look forward to hearing more about your retreat. I signed up for my annual silent retreat for this coming March and since I didn't get it done last year, really yearn to go. I really think most people need this at least once a year.
    Jean Wise

  5. Jean: Do you need a maidservant to carry your bags and Bible? I could use another silent retreat already!


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