The Two Faces of Restlessness

Yesterday at the Lay Cistercian Gathering Day we had a class on the monastic vow of stability (Cistercian monks have three vows: Stability, Obedience, and Conversion of Life). The brother who taught the class spoke at one point about restlessness as a tendency within us to undermine stability. I shared with him and the class that I wasn't entirely comfortable with this idea, because, it seemed to me, that restlessness comes in more than one flavor. Certainly, there is the kind of restlessness … [Read more...]

What You Want

Currently I'm participating in the Writing and Journal Keeping weekend at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. As I've seen in other writer's gatherings that I've participated in, a major topic of conversation is discipline. Many writers feel like they don't have enough of it to gain traction with their writing practice; others say they have too much discipline, and end up feeling that their writing is often compulsive rather than free. So we'll be talking about discipline a lot today: what it is, … [Read more...]

Clutter Bulimia

We're getting ready to have a large spring sale at the bookstore where I work. Selected titles will be discounted 30% — and "selected" means close to a fourth of our current inventory, so there are some real treasures to be found there. We're trying to reduce our inventory level in anticipation of remodeling the book department, hopefully before the Christmas rush kick in six months from now.Cleaning is not my long suit. I'm a packrat and a magpie, I love to fill my life with interesting b … [Read more...]


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