Wild Monastics

by Judith Valente

“Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see good days?”


Those stirring words come from one of the most durable spiritual guides of all time, the Rule of St. Benedict.  It’s been said everything one needs to know about living the spiritual life is contained in this little book.  Over the past year, this 1,500-year-old treatise has become, for me, a constant companion.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mike k
    Mar 14, 2010 @ 19:52:45

    Sorry for the double comment, I placed my original comment on the wrong post. When I was in the Navy, we stopped in France for a port visit. I was lucky enough to take a tour of the monastery of Clairvaux Abbey founded by St. Bernard; who restored many of St Benedict’s rules to monasticism. A very wonderful place with an outstanding view of the countryside, Clairvaux Abbey’s beauty was definitely God-inspired.


    • Raw Yogini
      Mar 18, 2010 @ 19:49:22

      No worries .. I deleted it. What a wonder-ful opportunity for you! Locally, there is a Trappist Monastery:

      They have regular Yoga retreats. Father Thomas explained to me on one such visit that the Trappists had “lost” their Contemplative practice, so in the early ’70s, sought out the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for guidance. The result is ‘Centering’ or ‘Contemplative Prayer’ which is their phrase for Samadhi Dhyana.


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