April 28, 2020

A Monastery in a City

A Monastery in a City
“The best bribe which London offers to-day to the imagination, is, that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I find this quote about London so interesting. One of things I do love about this city is that there is something for everyone and you are free to just be yourself and express your personality in any way you want. Whether it is a crazy hairstyle or outfit or alternative way of living, you won’t be judged, (to be honest half the time people wont even notice you). It also never ceases to amaze me, just what you can find here in this vibrant city.

I have been yearning to do some sort of studying for a while now and have researched a variety of online courses. Whether to stimulate my mind, or my soul, it doesn't really matter, I just feel I need something to aid my self growth. Years ago I did a BA degree in Psychology and Comparative Religious Studies, and I specialised in Eastern Religion, but now much has changed in my life and spiritual journey and I am interested in studying Christianity.  I have found some courses but nothing was feeling quite right, so I left things and just prayed about it - asking to be guided to find the right course for what I need right now. On Sunday I found myself searching for information on the Carmelites and I came across a Carmelite Monastery just up the road from me, in Notting Hill. They offer two short online courses for contemplation. So now I have started that and so far found the journaling, Lectio Divina and introspection very healing. I do not really understand why, but I am drawn to the Saints and Mystics and have especially felt an affection towards St Teresa of Avila, for some time. I also really resonate with the Carmelite’s focus on quiet and prayer to foster a personal relationship with God. I know I was divinely led to find this course and I am excited to see where this road leads.

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