We all know how much smartphones, Internet and social media can quickly become a tsunami of images and information—and a source of distraction. The screens, although colourful and bright, sometimes keep our eyes from remembering our essential values, goals and the very meaning of our lives. In this text, I have provided some ideas to restore a link to your true needs, priorities and passions. I also give you simple and effective tools to calm this almost insatiable hunger for all things digital.
Nowadays, it seems almost impossible to imagine daily life without telecommunications technology, as it is part of our leisure and work. Let’s look at some of the media used over the years by the Augustinians.
Sylvie Lemelin has been working with Le Monastère des Augustines since it opened in 2015. She is a clinical ergotherapist and teaches both yoga and the practice of “mindfulness.” In this article, she introduces us to what “mindfulness” consists of.
Caring for the poor at a time when many diseases could spread rapidly and turn into epidemics carried was highly risky for nuns. Tuberculosis, for example, was one of the most devastating infections at the turn of the 20th century. Self-sacrifice took on a whole new meaning for nuns who, while trying to relieve sick people’s suffering, sometimes lost their own lives. At the Hôtel-Dieu de Quebec alone, there were three nuns in 1896, six in 1900 and two in 1901 to succumb to the disease. However, the influenza of 1918, known as “Spanish Flu,” took the Augustinians of Québec City by surprise.
At Le Monastère des Augustines, employees have the opportunity to participate in various committees. The activities provided by their members are guided by the Monastère’s commitments and values, such as sustainable development and holistic health. It’s a great way for employees to get involved in projects they care about. One such example is the knitting club, initiated by the Holistic Health Committee. Learn about the fruits of their “hard labour” in words and photos.
Every month, an object from the heritage bequest by the Augustinian community is selected by the museum storage facility and archives center teams. Featured this month: Ghostly photography.
Every month, an object from the heritage bequest by the Augustinian community is selected by the museum storage facility and archives center teams. Featured this month, the model of a house created by a young boarder in 1858.
The benefits of recent scientific research on mindfulness certainly attract us to experience and integrate meditation into our daily lives. The techniques may seem arduous and complex, but I assure you, meditation is actually simple and accessible to all. It essentially requires your presence, attention and steady breathing.
At the time of rehabilitating their monastery, the Augustinian Sisters wanted to transition their vocation from curing patients towards taking care of caregivers. Their vision became a reality at the Monastère des Augustines when they offered respite for caregivers and health professionals—those courageous souls who care for or serve the sick and vulnerable.