Sometimes I feel this way, a little loony—a bit on the edge of crazy if I don’t get my recommended allowance of solitude and silence. Anyone else nearly climb the walls? If so, taking a Solitude & Silence Retreat is the perfect remedy.
My silent, solitude retreat happened last week. Just thinking about it now makes me relax and breathe easy. Imagine being “off-line”, no computer, no telephone, no little black box of any sort to stare or type or talk into. Ahhh bliss. Yet it takes the brain, my full mental computer, more time to decompress and turn off, so this retreat was scheduled for more than one day. Spacious, uncluttered retreat time at the lake.
Time away where I could lounge on a spacious deck from one of the highest vistas on the lake, yet near enough to listen to the rhythm and pacing of the waves. A place to reconnect with nature at her finest. Or kayak at dawn as the sun permeates the fog with golden hues, magically illuminating spider webs laden with dew. Or watch mama deer and her fawn nibbling with wild abandon amidst the splendor of white lilies and smitten dragonflies. Or look for fledging eaglet, whose hilarious call reminds me of the boys changing voices in junior high school. It’s managed to make its way out of the enormous nest above but isn’t quite ready for full flight.
Retreat time reminds me of all that is; it reminds me that I too am part of all that is. Breathing easy. Being easy. The magical, clear waters of the lake and the shimmering diamonds at sunset are reminders of why retreat matters. Retreat is about opening the senses, deep knowing and remembrance of all that is divine. Retreat is about falling in love. It happens each time I take time for retreat.
This time was no different. I fell in love. You may giggle a bit to know this time it’s a loon. Yes, observing mama loon and her baby– tiny, fuzzy, adorable baby loon. Over the days of my retreat, they frequently visited in the bay near the cabin, little newbie fishing and diving and staying close by its parents. In their bond, mama loon knowingly reaches her wing out for fuzzy junior to climb aboard her back. Witnessing as baby nestled in up close to the neck of its guardian was a demonstration of what’s good in the world. Sometimes it’s good to get a little loony. ☺
Retreat Coach Michelle Burns | Design Your Destiny