I’m slowly surfacing from something of a monastic retreat. I can’t go to St. Leo’s in Dade City for a multitude of reasons, so I’ve patched together some sort of layman’s life of a monk for myself over these last few weeks. And I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

If you’ve never taken a monastic retreat, I believe that there are only two things that you concern yourself with: that you want to get closer to God through a shared sense of existence, found only in silence and contemplation, and the ability to disconnect from the rest of the world without fear of missing out. You can’t take your fancy phones and social media with you when you take a retreat. That’s a vacation, and there is a difference.

My life is changing in truly beautiful ways and I want to be as grounded as possible when the really big changes occur. There would be no way I’d be able to cope with them if my soul was full of chaos. So, I needed to imprint upon my memory a great moment of peace that I could easily recall should life get too hectic for me, a feeling of contentment that I can sling shot myself back to when there are challenges. A home in the heart, if you will, to run to when I need some comfort.

And these last few weeks were exactly that: an all inclusive package of endless bliss. Oh, especially Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to tell you about how Phillip and I spent Thanksgiving. All of you were there….and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

For now, I have some emails to respond to, some friends to thank, some knitting to finish, some pillows to sew, and a throw to crochet. Oh! I can’t wait to take pictures to show you of what I did with the living room! Honeychurch has been my meditative work while on this retreat! LOVING how the old girl is starting to look! I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow. And yes, with pictures.

Ok, that’s enough for now. While writing this blog I spotted my little Betty slumped cozily over some yarn on top of a book case. Comfortably purring she stretched long and hard, then went back to her prior pose with ridiculous ease, sighing with content the sentiment….

….bliss 🙂

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  1. Well, hi! That was a reallt nice post. A home in your heart is avery good thing. Can’t wait to hear all the good things ~

  2. So glad you are finding your peace at last. I have been gone for a while but am catching up now. I know where St. Leo is, my parents live in Dade City. When I was at the community college, I used St. Leo’s library for research. You words evoked a sense of peace in me as well. My heart is glad that you are happy and finding fulfillment. Keep going my friend, I will always be around.

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