Let it be Dark that
We May See the Light
Allow a Place Within Us
in order to
Make Room for God
HOLY CROSS MONASTERY, NY
Nov 27 - 29, 2015
Friday Supper to Sunday Feast
Come, take refuge. Enter the healing power of monastic rhythm each day and integrate body and spirit. Align body and breath through yoga postures in prayer; sit in guided and silent meditation; chant the psalms with the monks; and sing Taizé chants in the beautiful chapel.
The Advent season calls us to prepare ourselves to receive the gift of God’s light and say yes. The darkness we enter is a leaving behind bright lights and 'barbed-wire entanglements' of our 'own ideas' and our 'own mechanical devices.' We allow ourselves to dwell in don’t know, we allow that place of innocence within us to open, in order to make room for God.
The yoga and meditation on this retreat will be focused on untangling the knots of expectations and preconceptions and habits long overused. That is: unwinding the stuck places so that we may open to each present moment as a new beginning with the possibility of the miracle of God’s presence felt and received.
Previous yoga experience is recommended but not required. All poses can be modified for any body. All are welcome. If you have some familiarity with some of the postures, entering into prayer is easier.
Please bring something to place on the prayer table in the practice room, something which expresses your intention for engaging in the retreat.