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Gyrovagues were “wandering or itinerant monks without a fixed residence or leadership who relied on charity and the hospitality of others.”

Eventually the early wandering monks adopted an organizational form now known as  monasteries.  Originally the Gyrovagues persistently sought a hermit’s life  but instead found many other seekers like themselves.  This led them to adopt rules for governing their devotions and their work; thus the early monasteries grew up in the remote mountain wilds.

So what’s all that got to do with you and me in 2012?

I wonder if we all don’t have a little touch of ‘Gyrovagues-ness.’

We wander through days, weeks and sometimes years looking for insights and answers.

  • How do I best to provide for my family?
  • How does one live a more meaningful life?
  • Who are we and where do we fit in this fast moving confusing world?

The part that we sometimes avoid is the overt search for periods of silent solitude — perhaps with kindred spirits, perhaps alone — and taking the time to examine the assumptions by which we live our lives.  That’s right: going out of our way to listen to those the inner voices seem to show up only in quiet times, like just before bed.

There go the Vegas vacations!


One Response to “Gyrovagues”

  1. Aimless wanderers or pilgrims? I guess the difference lies in the intent, the inner foundation, and the social acceptance.
    Besides the gyrovagues, whose way of being has not been accepted in Christian context, there are also mendicant monks, who embody a similar, itinerant way of life of non-possession dependent on charity. I wonder why the distinction?

    You might like my post ‘Teach me to Stop and Listen’ at
    The Quaker way is one of the practices for “going out of our way to listen to those [ ] inner voices”.
    In peace,


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