Spiritual Legacy Book Club: Rule of Benedict

Leader: Rebecca Hall

Sunday mornings, 10 – 11 am, August 30 – December 27 (skipping September 6, October 25, & November 1). If you would like to join this group please register below and Rebecca will send you an email with a Zoom link on the Saturday before the next class.

Book: Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century, by Joan Chittister O.M.B

Reading Assignments: The daily readings as assigned in the book.


Resources to Share

FROM SHILOH Here are some yoga nidra resources:
10 min https://youtu.be/M0u9GST_j3s
30 minhttps://youtu.be/iEw5BkK9K9A

This is that study I was telling you about: https://www.yogameditation.com/reading-room/pictures-of-the-brains-activity-during-yoga-nidra/
This is actually the cd that they were listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL10Fgem95s&list=OLAK5uy_k-eP0-LuJ2a1_Yxllf4KzX-x5_yOtZHOs
This cd is also on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5yra6ekpvsktlMV2PkFmaQ?si=v4EPC1jxT0S2xsSpcpVt6w
I find the “Little Yoga Nidra” will often put me to sleep before it ends. In fact, I listened to it at 4am this very morning when I woke up full of odd anxieties.

Dr Andrew Huberman is a neuroscientist at Stanford who is studying yoga nidra as well as other practices that can reduce stress and promote mental health. Here are some podcast interviews with him that have really helped me during this pandemic. 
Mental Health Tools During The Pandemic: 6 Things To Reduce Stress & Anxiety
Pt1 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-james-altucher-show/id794030859?i=1000470731172

How to Optimize Your Brain to Be as Happy as Possible with Stanford Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman 
Pt2 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-james-altucher-show/id794030859?i=1000474322411

How to Counter Anxiety + Sleep Like a Baby


FROM WAYNE: This is a Krista Tippet podcast episode with Pico Iyer. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/on-being-with-krista-tippett/id150892556?i=1000424831655

FROM JIM: Here’s the Braver Angels website: www.braverangels.org. Their podcast is here: https://braverangels.org/introducing-the-braver-angels-podcast/ 

FROM JIM: From Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison: 

There is a very real danger of our drifting into an attitude of contempt for humanity. We know quite well that we have no right to do so, and that it would lead us into the most sterile relation to our fellow humans. The following thoughts may keep us from such a temptation. It means that we at once fall into the worst blunders of our opponents. The people who despise others will never be able to make anything of them. Nothing that we despise in the other is entirely absent from ourselves. We often expect from others more than we are willing to do ourselves. Why have we hitherto though so intemperately about humans and their frailty and temptability? We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. The only profitable relationship to others – and especially to our weaker brothers and sisters – is one of love, and that means the will to hold fellowship with them. God himself did not despise humanity, but became human for humans’ sake. [emphasis added]


“Every human being has a great, yet often unknown gift: to care, to be compassionate, to become present to the other, to listen, to hear and receive–If that gift would be set free and made available — Miracles could take place”
Henri Nouwen

Prayer for a Pandemic

by Joan Chittister

God of light
and God of mystery,
give us the faith to see you
in the grey dimness
of this time.

Give us the heart to hear,
in the silence of the sick,
the call to care for those
in pain.

Give us the courage
to find you
where you do not now
appear to be.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Belinda Boone

    I have missed these previous, am not a church member and yet would like to hear this series? recommended by a friend & I just happened upon a small book of the St Benedict ‘rules’? fate? possible for me to participate?
    Thank you,

    1. theabbey

      We’d love to have you! This is a discussion group, not a lecture or talk. We read sections of the book each week and then discuss on Sunday morning. Are you interested in this? If so, I’ll email you the details.

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