The rhythm method
One of the benefits of being off work is that you settle into new routines. I’ve been sleeping in, staying up a bit later, and I’ve generally found more of a rhythm. When I’m off, I’m always amazed at how frantic everyday life is. I’m also amazed at how much better everything seems to go when I’m not frazzled and overtired (hello, cluetrain). This is one of the beauties of monastic life. The schedule can seem suffocating at first, but over time it provides a form around which the soul can take shape. Time for work, time for prayer, for liturgy, for community. No rushing. The soul that settles into a rhythm has already conquered one of the main enemies of the development of the soul. It’s conquered hurry. I’ve got to do some thinking about how to get more of a healthy rhythm in my life.