Monday 18 December 2017

Give your body and soul a gift and step off the treadmill

'A retreat isn’t a retreat unless you have space for silence, solitude and tuning in'
'A retreat isn’t a retreat unless you have space for silence, solitude and tuning in'

Ruairi McKiernan

We humans aren't machines, yet many of us live as if we are. So many people I talk to these days are consumed by busyness and time pressures. 'Keeping busy' seems to be the norm, as if busyness was something to aspire to. It often feels like the world is speeding up and that there aren't enough hours in the day.

Thomas Merton referred to this as a kind of modern violence on the soul. "To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence," he once wrote.

From the age of four, most of us are on a fast and furious production line of school, college, and work. Free time is often taken up with homework, housework, shopping, cleaning, and catching up with an ever-increasing amount of bills, phone calls, emails, and social media updates.

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