What did you learn about yourself (and/or your spiritual life) from this experience? Is it something you would like to do again? Would you recommend it to your friends?
Think about the aspects of monastic life we read about in The Rule of St. Benedict, such as:
structured times of reflection or prayer throughout the day;
periods of silence;
a restricted diet or fasting;
putting away distractions (cell phone, internet, TV, etc);
meditative reading of Scripture or other texts;
works of service.
Then choose two or more of these aspects of monastic life that you would like to adapt and incorporate into your own monastic day.
Develop your own “Monastic Rule” that you will follow.
Choose a day (or 24-hour period) in the coming weeks when you will follow your personal “Monastic Rule”, and stick as closely to your own “Rule” as you are able (you may need to let family or friends know what you’re doing so they can understand and help you keep to the Rule you have chosen). You might also journal about your experience throughout the day.
After your personal monastic day is over, write an essay of 600 words or more that does the following:
Write one (1) paragraph describing the “Rule” that you chose to follow, and explain briefly how well you kept to it throughout your day.
Write several paragraphs reflecting on your experience.
What was this experience like for you? Was it easier or harder than you anticipated? What did you like about it, and what did you not like? In what ways did this experience help you appreciate the monastic life that St. Benedict and his fellow monks were trying to live? What did you learn about yourself (and/or your spiritual life) from this experience? Is it something you would like to do again? Would you recommend it to your friends?