- Manual labor (food production, repairing tools, building, cooking, cleaning, sewing, food preservation).
- Hospitality (providing lodging, hosting meals, counseling, listening).
- Frugality (resisting consumerism and debt, recycling, not wasting, saving).
- Discipline of body (nutrition, not overeating, rest, sleep, chastity about sexual matters,exercise).
- Study (resisting mindless entertainment, filling the mind with nutrititious food, reading the Bible and other holy works, lectio divina).
- Stability (not lusting after other places, good stewardship of what we have, willingness to commit and sink roots, care of relationships).
- Anchoring ourselves in the Psalms (daily offices, memorizing Psalms, study of Psalms).
Silence (Sabbath rest, custody of tongue, not participating in gossip, curtailment of news and email, silent prayer, sitting in nature).
The lay monastic life is truly antithetical to contemporary culture. The project can feel overwhelming. Where to start? After ten years, I still ask myself that question. But one thing I can now say: by the grace of God, it is possible to enter on to this ancient path, even in the era of YouTube.