It Is Good For The Soul

Spending time at the Women's Retreat

Mickie DeMatteo

3/18/20241 min read

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You may consider yourself either an introvert or extrovert in temperament, but did you know your soul has both introvert and extrovert desires? Created in the image of a triune, relational God we were made for community, and like the extrovert have needs that can only be met in community. At the same time our souls are somewhat introverted, as described by Parker Palmer in his book, The Inner Compass. “The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of a tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek.”

Before we can open up at a soul level, we need quiet spaces as well as the welcome of safe community. As I think about our women’s retreats, it is has been a space for me to attend to my soul’s introverted and extroverted desires. I am free from daily responsibilities and routines, there is free time for quiet reflection as well as being together. We sing, learn, pray, laugh and cry together, each bringing our own unique experiences and perspectives.

This year I again look forward to the blessing of loving community and seeking God at our Women’s retreat. “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people dwell together in unity” Psalm 133:1. It is good for the soul.