I spent the weekend at a wonderful place called – Solitude. A place that fills the spirit with quietness and contemplation, a place that allows you to step out of your busy life and just be for awhile. It asks nothing of you except to be still and in return you are given the gift of reconnection.
This weekends retreat reflected on the words of the writer and monk Thomas Merton. His words are beautiful, challenging, and reflective and call the reader to be present. He challenges you to slow down and listen to the sounds of nature, to hear the wind and the birds and to ultimately hear the spirit of God. You are called to examine your authenticity.
Merton says, ‘a tree gives glory to God by being a tree,’ for in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him. It ‘consents,’ so to speak, to His creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct form the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree. (Thomas Merton - new seeds of contemplation)
It was a weekend that also challenged us to consider our footprint on this planet, to realize that it is us that need to heal, more so than our earth. It is us that have to change our thoughts, our very consciousness if our planet is to survive. We need to slow down, to be still, and to honor our earth and our place in it, to understand our interconnection to all things.
When I returned home on Sunday evening I was filled with peace and a sense of being, a contentment for where I am at present. I was absolutely blown away with the synchronicity of the gift my husband presented me – while sorting out some books for the shop on Sunday afternoon, he had come across seven books of Thomas Merton’s journals…!