Create Your Rule of Life
A Rule of Life is simply a commitment to live your life in a particular way. Once it’s written out, it becomes a tool to help you make decisions and choices to best order your days. It’s like what Annie Dillard says: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
St. Benedict of Nursia
led a monastery in the 5th & 6th centuries and is largely known as the father of western monasticism. His well-known Rule of Life fleshed out rules for daily, ordinary life in his monastic community, and 1,500+ years later it’s left us a blueprint we can mimic for our 21st-century modern lives — even if we’re not monks or nuns.
Your Rule of Life
is a document, written by you, that describes the ordinary particulars of your life so that you live congruently with what’s most important to you. It can change as life changes for you, yet it speaks into the core stuff that makes you most human and describes what it means for you to best flourish.
Ultimately, your Rule of Life becomes a tool to help you make decisions, guide your focus, and give you peace as you pursue rhythms that help you live well.
I created a self-paced audio workshop to help you create your Rule of Life.
(It’s the same way I created my own…)
What It Includes…
4 short audio workshop sessions
Downloadable guidebook to help you create your own Rule of Life
The text version of the audio series, if you prefer to read
You’ll have the ability to revisit your Rule of Life as regularly as you want — you’ll have this as long as it exists.
Name Your Own Price
Whether you can pay one dollar or fifty dollars, I’d like you to have this if you think it’d be useful for you. Don’t let economic uncertainty keep you from finding benefit in creating a Rule of Life. And if you can give extra to help those who need to pay less — well, that’s lovely. Thank you.
I’m Tsh Oxenreider, and I’m a writer, teacher, and I host the podcast The Good List. I’ve written a few books with more on the way, and even though I love to explore the world, most days I’m at home in central Texas with my family, slowly working on our old fixer-upper, fiddling in the garden, watching the kids from the front porch, or reading.
I first became interested in the monastic tradition of St. Benedict a few years ago when my family and I traveled around the world for a school year, living out of backpacks. What intrigued me about the particular tradition of writing a Rule of Life was both its beauty and its practicality.
A good Rule fleshes out the particulars of how you want to live so that you live congruently with what’s most important to you. It speaks into the core stuff that makes you most human and describes what it means for you to best flourish.
Ultimately, this document becomes a tool to help you make decisions, guide your focus, and give you peace as you pursue rhythms that help you live well. It helps you say no and yes to the right things.