Respect: Worthy of Gentle Regard

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

RESPECT. THE UTTER RESPECT THAT EACH MONK ACCORDS to every brother or sister is palpable in healthy monastic communities. There is a sense that each of us is a living example of divine possibility and, therefore, is worthy of gentle regard. Our journeys are mysterious. We will never fully know another person’s soul and can …

Wild Places

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

WE ALL FIND WAYS TO PRESERVE THE RIGHT TO BE ALONE. My use of the word “right” is intentional, because I consider solitude of self to be a spiritual right, on the same level as other universal rights. Perhaps as a child you learned to distance yourself from anything that was violating body or spirit. …

The New Monk and the Divine Feminine

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

MY PRACTICE OF A NEW MONASTIC SPIRITUALITY is founded on the nondual consciousness of the Divine Feminine. This may be, in fact, its most distinguishing feature: that the Divine Feminine is not solely an aspect of monastic spirituality, the Divine Mother to whom monks pray, or the archetype of the feminine aspect of personality. Rather, …

You Cannot Have Peace Without Charity

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

“IF THE SALVATION OF SOCIETY DEPENDS, in the long run on the moral and spiritual health of individuals, the subject of contemplation becomes a vastly important one, since contemplation is one of the indications of spiritual maturity. It is closely allied to sanctity. You cannot save the world merely with a system. You cannot have …

The Reverse Perspective

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

THE NEW MONK, SEEKING A DEEPER ORIENTATION TO THE DIVINE, often struggles to convert his or her worldly existence into a spiritually attuned life. This occurs in part because we tend to think of monasticism the way we think about everything else: something we have to accomplish or achieve. But the contemplative or monastic life …