This week I am semi-uplugged. Teaching half days, every day. About spiritual practice. Using Ruth Haley Barton's book Sacred Rhythms
is probably not the best term. What I am doing is trying to make space for spiritual practices. Space in time and place, for a small group to experience what it is like to sit in solitude, read scripture using Lectio Divina, pray, develop a of rule of life, uncover life desires.
Today we looked at solitude. Many things resonated with me, but this surpassed them all— a quote from Barton...Exhaustion sets in when we are too accessible too much of the time. A soul-numbing sadness comes when we realize that a certain quality of life and presence is slipping away as a result of too much "convenience." Breaks in the day that used to be small windows of replenishment for body and soul— like driving in a car, going for a walk, having lunch with a friend— are now filled with noise, interruption and multi-tasking. What feels like being available and accessible is really a boundaryless existence that offers no protection for those things that are most precious to us.
Reading this, my soul said yes
. And I decided to get back to my afternoon practice of outdoor solitude (something I committed to do for a year, and did
, but have since let drift away). Having recently gone to Laity Lodge Retreat Center
, where I discovered I really was exhausted in many ways, this invitation seems especially apt.
So. This afternoon, I shall take my cup of tea. Go where there are no outlets, no screens. And just be.
[btw, this post helps explain my comment on Are You Ready for Life Streaming?
Quiet Waters at Laity Lodge photo, by L.L. Barkat.
Labels: Laity Lodge, Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms, solitude