I attended my first Carmelite meeting this weekend, beginning my journey to discern a vocation of becoming a lay Carmelite. I attended a couple of meetings a few years ago and felt it just wasn't the right time. Two years later, it's still very much on my heart and my journey begins again. Classes for Aspirants don't begin until September, so until then I can "visit" each month and I'll be doing my own reading and studying.
My goals for this month are to start incorporating the daily commitments. I've been praying the morning and evening prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours and will try to add the night prayer as well. When I first started doing the morning and evening prayers it just felt so jumbled, but I feel like I'm starting to understand and get the rhythm now.
My next hurdle is adding 1/2 hour of mental prayer. Now, you wouldn't think that would be so difficult but I am finding it a challenge. This is not a time to pray the Rosary, etc...but a time to detach from the world and be with God. Detachment from the world...working on that one.