There’s something about an empty bench underneath a gorgeous, shade providing tree… I couldn’t resist.
Here you find rest. The birds sing for you. The leaves cover you from the scorch of the sun. Time slows down a tad. And your mind unclouds. Life goes on around you without your help as it should. It’s healthy to take a time out.
That’s exactly what I did a few weekends ago at Christ in the Wilderness, a solitude retreat in Stockton, IL.
The tiny little chapel on the property is open all day and night and perfect for solitude meditation. Every retreatant is given a bandana. If you wish to be alone in the chapel, you tie the bandana to the outside door knob and everyone respects your wishes to be alone.
When I start to feel like my wheels are coming undone and life starts to get hectic, I know it’s time for a retreat.