A few hours ago I pulled up to the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It is a Benedictine Abbey located in the tiny town of Vina just outside of Chico, CA. Their cinderblock guest room will be my home for the next four days. It has one lamp. One less-than-twin bed. One little desk. A rocking chair. And a bathroom. I brought two shirts. One pair of jeans. One pair of shorts. Under-stuff. Flip-flops. A sketch pad and pencils. And a camera.
Periodically through out my stay I will most likely post some of my thoughts here. There might be one thought, there might be dozens, and there quite possible might be none. I have no goals or plans. Well scratch that. I do.
I plan to get in touch with my sole. No, not my inner soul, though that might happen, but my literal sole. I have a goal of not wearing shoes for four days so I can feel every nook and cranny, every stone, every patch of grass, every soil, and possibly some thorns. I literally want to feel what the soles of my shoes feel. I want to get into touch, literally, with nature while here. Why? Cause I want to.
I also have a goal of sitting in a chair, outside, in one spot for an entire day. The only time I plan on getting up is to go poo or pee. I want to practice the discipline of simply being. Being still. Sitting. Resisting the need to do something or go somewhere. To simply choose to be in one spot for like 8+ hours. Why? Cause I want to.
Other than these two goals, I have no other hard-fast plans but to see how god and my soul (yes, my inner one this time) will show up.
So stay tuned as this blog will be my journal of sorts over the next four days.