Space, solitude, silence
Space, solitude, and silence. What do these mean to you? What do they reveal to you? Last weekend, I joined a retreat in Maranatha Retreat house. Joining a retreat is good for your soul. This is what Kathleen (Editor) told me in one of the emails that I received from her. One of the things that struck me when I was there was simply the beauty. Looking from far, the place seemed like a haunted house. However, my perception is wrong and inside was a heaven! I guess I paid this retreat fee less for more!
Maranatha is situated on the edge of the second jungle in Bentong. What an eco-friendly place! Most of the furniture is made from the pine trees removed on the site during building. Furnishings have been kept simple and uncluttered. The water in the ponds are from a natural spring found on the site. You will find butterflies, dragonflies, birds, iguanas, frogs, monkeys, ants, and flies and the occasional buzzing and biting insects. Their presences add colours, sound, and sight for your appreciation of God’s small creatures. If you do not want them up close, please do not feed them especially the monkeys.
‘How does God catch our attention?’ That was the first question asked by Fr. Larry, a Jesuit priest. The question very much related to the theme, but somehow I was puzzling at that moment. Most of the time, retreatants were to observe silence. The silence respects and protects each person’s space and privacy, and ensures that no one retreatant can undermine another’s retreat by talking about his or her own agenda. The whole point is to break free of the many chains to which we may find we are more attached than we thought we were, to move forward to wherever God within us is inviting us. Back to the question just now, God catches our attention through our deepest desire. Without realization, I have seven high desires which are curiousity, saving, honour, family, romance, physical activity, and tranquillity. My low desires are power, social contact, status, vengeance. Whatever my desires at the moment, I just pray that I will be responsible with whatever my choices are. How to make good choice if we have conflicting desires? Quoted from Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, “When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”God is beautiful, Nature is beautiful. Silence is beautiful.