It’s been a while since I went on a retreat. Actually — let me do the math here — I haven’t been on a retreat since before my oldest child was born. Â That means that it’s been nearly four years since I packed up, left my daily routine, and spent a weekend reflecting on my spiritual life in a lovely and semi-remote spot.
And oh, am I feeling it.
Honestly, though, I have no idea when I’ll be getting back into the retreat habit. Â Seriously, it takes intensive strategic planning just to get to the movies for an afternoon. Â How will I wangle an entire weekend away?
Thankfully, I’ve found a bit of a substitute out there. Â We’ll call it Retreat Lite. Â It’s the Three Minute Retreat, from Loyola Press.
If you click on the link, you’ll find beautiful photography, soothing music, Gospel passages, and guided reflection questions. Â Each day is a new one, so you don’t have to worry about repetition. Â I’m really digging them. Â It’s great when I have enough time to visit in the mornings before work … it’s a lovely way to center my thoughts as I start the day, and to remember that there is more to life than the vagaries of the morning commute.
Check it out. Â It’s not as renewing as a real weekend retreat, but there’s no babysitter required for this one — Â and there are no lumpy beds, either.