Where Do You Recharge Your Batteries?

monastery-woman-smI am an 18-year-old teenager who is very stressed. School, friends, becoming an adult, plus a thousand activities I am involved in, keep me very stressed. Everyone in this world is somehow stressed.  Jobs, children, marriage, picking the right car, having enough money for your family, etc. can keep life pretty hectic and stressed, and sometimes we all need some time to recharge our batteries. Where do you recharge your batteries?

iconostasis_glasicI recharge my batteries at a not-so-typical place. Most of my friends go out shopping or to the movies. I, on the other hand, go to monasteries. About five years ago, I took my first trip to a monastery. It was weird to go there at first. After all, what did I have in common with nuns? Well, I found out I had a lot in common with them. I realized that no one knows how to listen to you better than a nun. They are the very definition of love, of Christ’s love. You can simply pour out your heart to them and know that they will not judge you, and that they will be praying for you every day in their cells.
woman-chanterNot only that, but obedience at a monastery can be hard, yet rewarding. When I go, I help the sisters clean the church, or whatever is needed. Even though we get up early for matins, somehow I always have strength to push me through the day. I have strength through a hard obedience, and even to stand through a three-hour vigil after that. God’s ways are truly amazing for I only find that strength there. At home, sometimes even the simplest chores can be exhausting.

pantocrator-1To me, two or three days at a monastery can do the trick. I come home feeling alive, feeling calm and peaceful, and closer to God. I come home feeling ready for ordinary life temptations. If any of you are able, find a monastery that is close by, and go visit it. They are truly wonderful places where one can come closer to God. For all you know, it may just recharge your batteries.

 

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