Creating the Future of Monastic Life

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | 2 Comments
Creating the Future of Monastic Life

From Egyptian deserts, to Italian caves, to stone monasteries, each generation creates monastic life. Our Story So Far It is easy for us to think monastic life is far away, hidden behind walls, shrouded in secrecy. We have pictures in our minds of robed religious people, chanting or being silent. Monastic life has always been […]

Monastic Habits

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | No Comments
Monastic Habits

A friend of mine, when she was a little girl, was faced with a difficult decision. Her class in school was having Career Day. Even though she was quite young, she needed to choose between two possible career paths. For her, it was a choice between becoming a ballerina or becoming a saint. My friend thought carefully about her dilemma, […]

Monastic Extroverts

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | No Comments
Monastic Extroverts

It may be hard for us to believe there are any monastic extroverts. We think of monks as people hiding from the world of human contact behind stone walls. We assume monks want to escape the anxieties and responsibilities we face every day. It is a challenge for us to imagine monks laughing or even […]

Monastic Life in the World

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | No Comments
Monastic Life in the World

  People tend to be curious when they meet me for the first time. Some people are surprised to learn I live in Los Angeles and am married. Some people are confused by my spiritual journey and my background. I tend not to meet their expectations about who a monk will be. Some people are […]

Monastic Reflection

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | No Comments
Monastic Reflection

What is so important about reflecting? What good does it really do us to be reflective? Isn’t reflection boring? We are accustomed to being instantly analytical. Given a problem, we figure out an answer. We may be comfortable being emotional. Situations or relationships bring our strong feelings to the surface immediately. Why do we need to reflect? Reflection allows […]

Moving Forward by Standing Still

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | No Comments
Moving Forward by Standing Still

We drive ourselves to move forward. Our economy, our culture are based in growing, making progress, moving forward. We believe, especially now at the beginning of a year, in setting goals and making things happen. We push ourselves, working hard to transform what we want into reality. We are convinced our efforts earn us progress toward […]

Monastic Mornings

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | No Comments
Monastic Mornings

Morning is when we awaken. We open our eyes, remember who we are, and rise to greet the day. There are days when it takes us a little longer to wake up, and days when we remain asleep. If we choose to stay in bed with the blankets over our heads we risk missing the […]

Monastic Innovation

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | No Comments
Monastic Innovation

Many of us assume monks are people stuck in the past, resistant to new ideas. We see monks as people committed to upholding old ideas in traditional ways. We believe monasteries exist to continue doing things “the ways we have always done them.” The monks I know do not think or behave in the ways […]

Monastic Silence

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | 2 Comments
Monastic Silence

Monasteries tend to be quiet places. Some monasteries are quiet because people go there to be silent. Not talking, being quiet, is part of the experience, part of the attraction, of being there. People visit monastic communities to drink from their deep pools of Sacred refreshment. Some visitors sit in libraries, reading or writing. Other […]

12 Lessons We May Have Learned in 2016

12 Lessons We May Have Learned in 2016

It is almost time for the stealth bombers to fly over the start of the Rose Parade again. What have we learned since the last time? 1. We may feel hopeless about making a difference. We may no longer believe in what we are doing. We may be discouraged, tired, ready to give up and […]