How do you cope with isolation?

To live in a monastic community and living in isolation and social distancing is part of our way of life and it takes time and patience to cope with this, it is also a time of grace to get to know someone better. It is hard but it is worth it’s weight in gold as it were. We in community don’t choose who we live with, granted that, but we do make a total decision to give up everything to serve God. We get to know the other members through time and perseverance. We have a timetable and that takes discipline to stick to it daily, meals are together in common, prayer is in common, work is done separately, reading in private and of course community time is Recreation time – these are precious moments.

It may be hard because you don’t know what to do or how to go about it but self discipline and a timetable is the trick. Keep to a normal as possible routine eg, getting up, having breakfast, meal times together etc. Part of St. Benedict’s Rule is self discipline and balance. Have fun too and make time for yourselves, chill out and relax.

Don’t run away from a situation but face up to it, get the balance right. These are the people you love at the end of the day.

 

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