i’m heading off, in a few minutes, for my quarterly 3-day silent retreat. i’m really ready for this one. it’s been such a long run of travel and events and houseguests and christmas planning and everything else. it will be SO good for me to completely disconnect and shut up for three whole days: no email, no cell phone, no internet, no tv, no blogging. and most importantly: no talking. i spend so much of my life talking (or communicating in some other form — like emails). this no-talking or communicating pause button works like a de-toxification (the first 24 hours) and recalibration (the next two days) in my life.
i’m going to a new place this time. a wonderful couple in my church own a small cabin about 90 minutes east of here (i’m in east county san diego), over the mountains, and just into the desert. i have a friend who’s been there, and he said it’s really in the middle of no-where. i’m a tiny bit intimidated by the location, as i have to turn on power and water and such, and it feels a bit like the movie deliverance. but i’m sure it’s going to be wonderful and quiet. and the lack of cell phone signal out there means i won’t even be tempted to turn on my phone to check my email.
so… that said, i won’t be posting until tuesday evening or wednesday. see ya!