It’s been a full-on week for me. Suddenly everything has come at once professionally, with a family crisis calling for my attention in the midst. With many demands swirling in my head, my sleep is also somewhat disturbed. But it’s okay, because it is just for a season and rest is coming. I am about to hit the pause button and take some time out for a one-day retreat.
Tomorrow, I am going to the Blue Mountains for a day and taking 8 people with me to enjoy the experience. It’s a time to nurture the spirit, let the mind run free, while nourishing the body - with some optional, light exercise thrown in.
It always amazes me how much better I feel after a short break. As one who enjoys a multiplicity of activities, sitting still and deliberately being slow appears to be an anathema. Yet the reverse is true. Give me a flat rock with a nature view in the sun, or a seat by a good fire, with something to gently ponder and its close to heaven for me. Add in delicious food and company between sessions and I reckon I’m there!
So many of us in Sydney have hectic lives. Some readers may not be able to afford a full day to retreat. However, it is important to step away from constant stimulation and be reflective. Hence, Lane Cove Community Chaplaincy offers a diversity of contemplative activities. Weekly meditation is held Thursdays at 11.30am - 12.15pm. Our 90-minute Sunday afternoon ‘Walk and Wonder’ is intentionally contemplative, connecting us with nature and each other. Contemplative spirituality offers enough space for people holding different beliefs to come together peacefully and find refreshment.
Contact me if you would like to try one of our contemplative practices. More information is available on our website (www.lanecovecc/groups-and-events.html). Or you may have a suggestion that we can facilitate for you? We love to welcome newcomers to our peaceful community.
Be still, and know that I am God. (The Bible, Psalm 46:10 ESV)
The articles here are currently written by Liam McKenna, Lane Cove Community Chaplain.