Archive for September, 2017

  1. Suffering is a choice

    I had arrived early at the small and charming village at the foot of the mountain that houses the monastery. All seemed sleepy on its ancient streets when, much to my surprise, or almost, I see the old bicycle of Loureiro, the shoemaker who loved books and wines, leaning against the light pole in front […]

  2. The best of both worlds

    At the monastery, a few months a year, a small quantity of much appreciated chocolate bars are made. A cottage industry using the best cocoa seeds from tropical countries, vanilla and honey provided by attentive producers of the area, the chocolate is made in strict accordance with an ancient recipe known only by the monks. […]

  3. The Law of Infinite Opportunities

    The Old Man, as we affectionately called the oldest monk of the Order, had spoken to me about the unwritten code, a set of universal laws that regulates life in different planes of existence, and that drives the destiny of everyone. The understanding of how these rules work expands awareness, refines the choices and paves […]

  4. The wall

    The building of the monastery is a solid construction made of stone walls, and has crossed the centuries as firmly as the mountain that houses it. Or almost. One of the walls started to present signs of deterioration, and I was put in charge of its maintenance. Among the many contractors, I selected one whose […]