To be a monk today or someone seeking to incorporate monastic values into his or her own life presumes being a part of a community of friends, people with whom a person can share the counsels of the heart and speak a language of the heart to one another.
-Edward Sellner, Finding the Monk Within
For the month of November, we turn our attention to the principle of community,
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.
The Abbey will be hosting a monthly Photo Party and Poetry Party on this theme as well.
Where do you find community in your own life? Who are the people who are kindred souls and meet you at a heart level?
On this feast of All Saints (and All Souls tomorrow) we might also remember the wide communion of saints who extend their reach toward us with wisdom and guidance. We are part of a great chain of being.