Monk Manifesto

Want to join me in starting a monk revolution?

Let's spread a commitment to contemplation, creativity, and compassion far and wide!

For a PDF version of the Monk Manifesto click the link to download a printable file.

The Monk Manifesto is also available in Spanish, German, and Norwegian translations.  Click here for PDFs of Manifesto del MonjeMönchs Manifest, and Munkemanifestet.

I invite you to. . .

Monk: from the Greek monachos meaning single or solitary, a monk in the world does not live apart but immersed in the everyday with a single-hearted and undivided presence, always striving for greater wholeness and integrity

Manifesto: from the Latin for clear, means a public declaration of principles and intentions.

Monk Manifesto: A public expression of your commitment to live a compassionate, contemplative, and creative life.

1. I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be heard, and to resist a culture of noise and constant stimulation.

2. I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within. I recognize that when I make space inside my heart for the unclaimed parts of myself, I cultivate compassion and the ability to accept those places in others.

3. I commit to cultivating community by finding kindred spirits along the path, soul friends with whom I can share my deepest longings, and mentors who can offer guidance and wisdom for the journey.

4. I commit to cultivating awareness of my kinship with creation and a healthy asceticism by discerning my use of energy and things, letting go of what does not help nature to flourish.

5. I commit to bringing myself fully present to the work I do, whether paid or unpaid, holding a heart of gratitude for the ability to express my gifts in the world in meaningful ways.

6. I commit to rhythms of rest and renewal through the regular practice of Sabbath and resist a culture of busyness that measures my worth by what I do.

7. I commit to a lifetime of ongoing conversion and transformation, recognizing that I am always on a journey with both gifts and limitations.

8. I commit to being a dancing monk, cultivating creative joy and letting my body and "heart overflow with the inexpressible delights of love."*

*quote is from the Prologue of the Rule of Benedict

835 Responses to "Monk Manifesto"

  1. Brenda Paladino says:

    I agree to finding time in my day for contemplation and learning to accept and love everyone who crosses my path in life.

  2. Brenda Paladino says:

    Things show up in our life when we most need them. I am looking forward to finding much inspiration and friendship here.

  3. Amy Mercer says:

    Loving no one particularly so may love all equally

  4. Tricia Kibbe says:

    Joy is available when you open to it.

  5. Andres Munoz, Jr. says:

    I commit myself to a life of compassion, contemplation, and creativity.

  6. love with your whole heart ,soul, mind, and strength–then you will master your affections.

  7. Eva Sullivan-Knoff says:

    I commit myself to practicing the Presence of God, and to living a life of compassion, radical hospitality, contemplation, and creativity.

  8. Sister Joan Kerley says:

    I commit myself to exploring the creative vision that longs to be expressed and using this vision for the good of the world and the communities to which I belong.

  9. Bonnie Klatt says:

    I commit to BEING present to each moment with gratitude for all that is in that moment. I also align my will with that of the Father's Will for me.

  10. Thomas Coates says:

    I commit to fostering community which will support the ideals of this Monk's Manifesto and to nurture within myself the mind of Christ.

  11. +Daniel says:

    I sign the Monk Manifesto and offer my solidarity with others who want to express their inner monk in everyday life.

  12. Linda Jarvis says:

    Now, having finally acquired the wisdom that comes from embracing my old age, I commit myself to welcoming the peace of God which transcends all understanding, and to giving heartfelt thanks for the both the rainclouds and the silver linings.

  13. I was in a convent for ten years and left because I couldn't find the peace of soul I was searching for. My life has taken many twists and turns in my search. Grace has lead me here to Kitale, Kenya where I teach at a center that rescues and rehabilitates abandoned children. My work is both rewarding and draining. I need the spiritual resources and solidarity offered by your community. I LOVE the idea of being a monk in the world! Let the journey continue with more help along the way!

  14. Penny Fray says:

    I commit to live a compassionate, contemplative and creative life. I am on a journey and it has taken many twists and turns so far. I feel blessed and inspired to find this community. I want to be a monk in the world and cultivate creative joy!

  15. Joanna ES Campbell says:

    Yes Yes Yes!

  16. Sr. Mindy Welding, IHM says:

    I commit to dancing with the desire to find God in all things, releasing love, creativity, joy, justice, peace, compassion and honoring the presence of God in all Creation daily.

  17. Kate says:

    I commit to all of the above. I have been living this for several years now, and I am glad to join in this group by agreeing to this publicly here!

  18. Laura says:

    I commit to listening with my heart and allowing myself to be recreated by the Great Artist. Content and grateful each day, especially when I begin again.

  19. Ted Adams says:

    I have been enjoying the newsletter and this manifesto speaks to my heart as I have been engaged in many of this manifesto's areas. This gives me much encouragement to continue and to engage in life more and to contemplate what it means to be in the spiritual life of Jesus Christ as a monk.

  20. Carol Somsel says:

    I commit to a life of ongoing conversion and transformation…

  21. Pamela Ashnault says:

    I have been enjoying moments of silence and solitude throughout my life. The idea of finding a community of others with whom to share this practice is exciting. I love the concepts of radical hospitality and kinship with creation. I look forward to being a dancing monk cultivating creative joy.

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