March 13, 2012
For the past three years there has been an option to start the Men’s Retreat early with a one day silent retreat. This might sound challenging but let me assure you that this is no K2 ascent. As one participant remarked in the debrief session “what a relief to spend a day not having to think of something to say or worry that I had said something hurtful.” And perhaps some of the women folk are wondering, what is so unusual about men going a day without talking anyway? Nevertheless, guided by Tom Colwell’s opening remarks that “there is no way to do this wrong”, seven of us shared four relatively short meditation circles within roughly eighteen hours of silence.
Meals in silence this year tended to be a mix of bonding, thoughtfulness, playfulness, and humor. While all gatherings and meals were optional, the rest of the time was also completely up to us.
Unstructured free time is a gift that I rarely I give myself. I found myself walking, reading, napping, observing, thinking, and not thinking. There was time to unwind and totally relax which created a nice way to ease into the rest of the retreat weekend.
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