Many of you know that I struggle with anxiety. Sometimes it feels like I’m winning that struggle, and sometimes I’m manifestly not. Recently, I’ve started choosing different words to approach it. Instead of a struggle, or a battle, how can I understand and engage with this unwanted companion?
One new frame I’m exploring came through my contemplative practice, and specifically my multi-week study and continuing engagement with the 8 principles of the Monk Manifesto over at Abbey of the Arts.
Obviously, I’m not a monk. My friends, I’m not even a Catholic. The question of whether I am a Christian of any sort is a beautiful wide-open door.
I’m finding a lot of wisdom in studying monastic spirituality. This week at Abbey of the Arts, I’m the guest blogger, discussing some surprising encounters with the principle of hospitality. Read my reflections on the Abbey’s blog here.
As always, thanks for being present on the path — mine, and yours, too. You are a living, speaking, breathing blessing.