As we’ve wrapped up our trip this week, we recognize that each of our experiences have been quite individual. We have all shared the same setting for time with God, but He has surely used it in unique ways for each of us. We have had separate insights, both general and specific, from our time spent in silence, solitude, and stillness.
This being said, it’s difficult to condense our time into a final blog entry. However, we still wanted to give you a glimpse of the time we’ve had. The following is a list of questions we’ve been reflecting on this weekend after our week at the monastery. Feel free to apply some to your own contemplative life.
- When you left campus, you left a list of things to leave behind.
- What are things you’ll be taking back with you from this week?
- How will you re-enter into the space of campus?
- How will you pick up the original list?
- Do you have any new reactions to that list?
- What contemplative practice feels most possible to implement upon return?
- What practice didn’t seem to “work”?
- In what ways do you detract from others experiencing silence, solitude, or stillness?
- Who models these practices well for you?
- What was the hardest thing you faced this week?
- What was a specific moment of clarity?
- What was a moment when you were aware of God’s presence?
- Reflect on Isaiah 30 : 15-18. How is it different now than at the beginning of the week?
- What are some new questions you have or some questions that you’re still asking?
You’re welcome to reference any of the above questions when inquiring about our trip. We also wanted to give you some resources to practice silence, solitude, and stillness in your own life.
The following are links to practices that’ve been helpful for us :
Spiritual Location Exercise: https://www.fallcreekabbey.org/resources
New Seeds is Contemplation by Thomas Merton
Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster