S O L I T U D E
but so much the more the report went abroad concerning him;
and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their infirmities.
but he withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Solitude and silence allows our insides to become spacious.
Everything needs space.
· Our minds need empty space, times of no thought, or free, random thinking without attachment and without a need for us to do something right away with our thinking.
· Our hearts (emotions) need to be aired out, not ignored or held in the tiny spaces of our fear, or shoved to the side by our busyness and overwhelm.
· Our bodies need space. When we jam them into our schedules and force them into our expectations for too long, they get sick.
Solitude is not loneliness. Loneliness is being without. Solitude is being with God and yourself.
And as Henri Nouwen reminds us, It is in solitude that we remember we are the beloved. (It is In our busyness that we forget).
Take a long hike today. Look at God in all that’s around you and notice God looking back at you.
Or sit at your favorite beach and talk with God, or just fall asleep in His presence.
Fight the temptation to mentally head back to work early. Trust God with your responsibilities and stay in the present moment. That’s where the Holy Spirit dwells!
2 thoughts on “daily ys staff meditations — monday”
i love how nouwen puts silence. i have come to think it is the great gift that we deny ourselves in this modern technological world. peace to you guys while you are on this week of rest
Thank you for sharing. We often forget the wonders of solitude. I pray you had an amazingly intimate time of solitude with the Lord during your sabatical.