I just posed that question on Facebook, as I am finally all packed and ready to take the Amtrak to Santa Barbara tomorrow and spend some time with the brothers at Mt. Calvary Monastery.
So aside from a small bag of art supplies, my bursting-at-the-seams large art journal, I've packed a composition book for scribbling in, my spiritual journal for reflecting in, and:
- my current read: "In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity" by Oskar Skarsune (who is from Norway!)
- "Psalms for Praying" by Nan Merrill
the Journal edition of the Mishkan T'filah, the Reform Siddur (Jewish prayerbook) (prayers on one side, space to journal and reflect on the other)(nope, not enough room)
- and on my Kindle app, the interview with Pope Francis
- and if I feel like some light reading I have Dumas, Bronte, and a short story by Melville on my iBooks app
In addition, I am bringing a letter to respond to and am hoping to reflect on learning the Sh'ma in Hebrew (as to why).
That's not too much, right?
Chances are, I just may walk, sleep and smell the roses, but I am prepared!