I’m in a retreat

I’m in a retreat

that I am leading

and I start crying,

because my heart is full of the love of God for these people,

who I barely know,

and we are coming Home together

to a tender place in the heart

where we are one.


We are broken people, and we are one.

We are distracted, messy contemplatives

who are full of longing, needing, and searching,

and we are one.

We are people of faith

who often struggle with our faith,

and regularly fall into places of unknowing,

and we are one.


We are also beloved people

who are dropping down into the place of our belovedness

right now,

where we are one.

And that, too, is why I am crying.


And I speak as I am led from within

to guide us through each contemplative practice

heading down, down,

into the heart of God

who is the Great Love drawing us Home.


We sit still, stand up, walk around,

kneel, move through yoga postures to music, practice drumming,

share our inner leadings to teach each other,

and fall back into absolute silence,


as a contemplative community does

just before we head back out to serve the world.

We bring the Presence with us, as best we can,

calling all our sisters and brothers




You can learn more about upcoming retreats, or invite us to lead one where you live, by contacting us through the School for Contemplative Living website at http://www.thescl.net.


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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