Clean and unCluttered

 
Monastic Simplicity.

Have you ever seen the inside of a monastery, in pictures if not in person? It is the epitome of simplicity; clean and uncluttered. Nothing extra, nothing lacking. These are people who for centuries, some over a millennium, have perfected the art of prayer, and of being continually present to God. Experience has taught them the art of living.

While it may be hard to define and not easy to explain it is nonetheless true that an uncluttered and clean living space helps us to have an uncluttered and clean heart, mind, and spirit. Too much stuff is antithetical to the spiritual life. Not once did Jesus ever say, "Go and get more stuff, then come and follow me."

Order Triumphs Over Disorder

In a monastery not only is there nothing extra, and nothing lacking, there is a place for everything, and everything is in its place. Order triumphs over disorder. Each person has his or her task to do, and they do it. There is a way for each task to be done, and that is the way it is done. There is a schedule, and that schedule is kept. These systems streamline their living and make more head and heart space for God.

If we want to walk
in intimacy with God
it only seems reasonable
that we learn from the
lives of those who do.

Disorder is a distraction. Clearing up clutter helps us clear our mind.

Unfinished tasks demand our attention. Getting them done gets them off our plate and out of our mind.

Cleanliness and order bring freedom.

If we want to walk in intimacy with God it only seems reasonable that we learn from the lives of those who do.

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