Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Series

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 2:16 PM PDT

Fall is a busy time. But honestly, when is it not? Take a moment to recall a time you unplugged from the growing list of errands, work email, and constant chatter of Facebook and connected with your own self.
Where were you? What did you feel? What did you discover?
Sometimes we keep ourselves distracted and “plugged in” to the white noise of life on purpose in order to not feel or tend to what lies below the surface and in our hearts… to not listen to the voice deep within which is yearning (and sometimes begging) for attention. Instead, we fill up our lives with pretexts like “Who else is going to do those chores?” or “I have a project list a mile long”. But really, what we might need is a space to feel safe enough to be still. This can only be found in the inner sanctuary of our mind, body, and soul.
One benefit of going on a retreat is restoration. Retreats facilitate rhythms of spaciousness and curiosity to explore spirituality and prayer, as well as increase awareness of the Sacred hidden in the mundane, day-to-day activities of life. It is there that we can stand in a posture of openness to love more, and be loved in return. Another benefit is the experience of community. Retreats bring together all kinds of people from various walks of life who sometimes seemingly don’t have anything in common, yet who are being challenged by similar themes and circumstances.  Retreats are a place of refuge offering reflection, rest, and rejuvenation.
Magis at Seattle University is offering a new series designed for alumni in their 20’s and 30’s who are looking to retreat in everyday life. Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Series kicks off Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Mosaic Coffee House in the Wallingford neighborhood. Meet other alumni, enjoy the wisdom of great facilitators, and say “hello!” to your interior self. We recommend attending the whole series, but if you can only make one or two sessions, that’s great, too. There will be an optional online conversation to continue sharing and learning post-session. And, the series is free! Some retreats can be pricey, so take advantage of this retreat for zero cost and an affordable time commitment.
Because if not now, when?