Sunday February 28, 2016

Metanoia

By Noelle Jacobs

There’s just something about retreats for me. The experience of a retreat always brings something new to my life whether I’m in the leadership role or if I am a retreatant. At UD, I’ve been on two retreats now, and lead two and the experience I had on Metanoia as a retreatant last weekend was by far my favorite.

My roommate and I decided to sign up for the retreat kind of on a whim and leading up to the weekend, I kept forgetting that I would be going on it especially with the stressful week that I had prior to the retreat. As always, when it was time to leave for the retreat, I was sort of regretting it just because I was so exhausted and wasn’t feeling it, but once again, as always, as soon as I was in the presence of the other retreatants and leaders, I knew that I was supposed to go on the retreat.

The weekend was pretty great. I met new and amazing people and built new relationships while nurturing ones I already had. I was refreshed and rejuvenated after an exhausting week and that’s all I could ask for. With the theme being “change of heart” (the definition of Metanoia), I spent a lot of reflection time thinking about how I could open up my heart to the things I was experiencing in my life and gain a different perspective about them. I ended up concluding that I was actually already in the process of opening up my heart to things I’m experiencing. With my stresses in class, my not ideal work place, and lack of co-op, I felt that I was overwhelmed with things that weren’t going my way, but recently I have embraced other opportunities on campus and put myself out there to give myself a good semester regardless of the things I felt I was losing in. This conclusion brought me peace and helped me realize that I am doing what I need to do for myself and allowing myself to grow in new and different ways. The fact that a retreat was able to help me through this thinking process made me embrace the weekend even more and I am so happy that I was able to enjoy this experience.

I’ve blogged about my leadership role on a retreat before and encouraged participation in at least one retreat as a UD student, but after experiencing my second retreat as a retreatant here at UD, I can say with more conviction and more excitement that absolutely everyone should at least consider going on one retreat. You have no idea what they have the capability of doing for you or your situation.

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