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Monk in the World: Songs for Contemplative Living

We are so excited to be launching our brand new album!

We have been working on Monk in the World: Songs for Contemplative Living for about a year now.

The Monk Manifesto is a set of 8 principles for contemplative, creative, and compassionate living. It is the Rule of Life for the Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks community at Abbey of the Arts. We embrace the practices of Silence and Solitude, Hospitality, Community, Kinship with Creation, Work, Sabbath, Conversion, and Creative Joy.

In our last album (Earth, Our Original Monastery) we explored Kinship with Creation. This album is an opportunity to celebrate the other 7 practices through the joy of song while cultivating our capacity for becoming monks in the world. Also available at Abbey of the Arts are 7-Day Prayer Cycles (for Morning and Evening) that you can pray, sing, and dance along with. Prayer Cycle Response Songs are included here.

The Digital Album is available for immediate download. The CD can be pre-ordered and will be shipped out by June 1st from Seattle, WA, USA.

Please also join us for our Novena (March 17-25, 2021) where we will explore celebrate these principles and hear many of these songs.

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