I didn’t think about work, dream about work. Or work.
I didn’t talk (well except those two little exceptions).
I didn’t run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to accomplish things.
I didn’t drive anywhere.
I didn’t listen to music, the news, the phone ringing, the tv blaring.
I didn’t cook, clean, repair.
I didn’t do any of my normal things. I was. I sat. I slept. I prayed. I chanted the psalms with the monks. I meditated. I visited spring in KY. I hiked in the woods and pondered the beauty around me. I asked God a lot of questions that He didn’t necessarily answer. I sat at His feet. I waited.
It was great. If a silent retreat isn’t part of your life, it should be. It is truly an amazing time of grace. And if you’re within 6-8 hours of it, I highly recommend the Abbey of Gethsemani. Otherwise, find somewhere closer to you… just do it!! Even if it is just a day.