The theme for October here at the Abbey is hospitality based on the second principle of the Monk Manifesto:
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.
(Please consider stopping by to sign the Monk Manifesto as a statement of your own commitment).
You can read more about hospitality here and here, and see the wondrous Photo Party and Poetry Party celebrating the gifts of hospitality. My latest column at Patheos also explores Radical Hospitality and Holy Disruption. There is even a series of podcasts with reflections and meditations from last year and the second one is on hospitality.
Last month I introduced the wonderful work of Marilyn Freeman, a filmmaker in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and fellow lover of the Benedictine way. One of her art forms is the practice of CinemaDivina. Rooted in the contemplative prayer and listening of lectio divina, CinemaDivina draws on film as sacred text, as a way to hear the sacred shimmering in this world. (You can read her description of it here).
Consider pausing for just three minutes right now. Pour yourself some tea, close the door, and turn off anything that rings or beeps or buzzes. Breathe deeply, put your hand on your heart, and give yourself over to three minutes of reflection and see if you can welcome in good zeal right here in this moment.
After being with the film, take three long and slow deep breaths, seeing if you can make some inner space for what is stirring in your heart. See if there is a word, phrase, or image shimmering for you and welcome it in.