Yesterday we took a drive up into the mountains and visited the monastery of Mount St. Benedict Abbey. It was a lovely drive and I got to take a few photos. We bought rosaries and had them blessed by a kind monk. I’m glad to be an agnostic theist type of person so that I can be open to all religions and the beneficial aspects they have to offer.
It was a welcome sojourn, too, as the last several days have been very trying and stressful. I will post more about that some other time.
The location of the monastery was of interest to me. Situated high in the mountains, it overlooks a vast area of the island of Trinidad. It was built to emulate the Abbey of Montecassino in Italy constructed by St. Benedict of Nursia in 529. The location signifies sacred seclusion, while at the same time the a desire to watch over and protect the people it surrounds.
This abbey specifically was founded in 1912 by monks who were fleeing religious prosecution in Brazil.
The view is breathtaking. My photos do not do it justice at all. Partially to blame might be my iPhone camera although it also seems apparent that an unfocused mind begets unfocused photos. Speaking of that, I love watching Ted Talks. Here are a few related to happiness and focus that I have found helpful lately. Embedding from YouTube doesn’t always work well so I’m going to use links instead.
Hope everyone is having a great week!