How to Think Like a Medieval Monk

Self-help for your mind from centuries ago

Relief fragment with three monks, c. 1160, via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters Collection, 1947

Meditate on Death

Read in a Contemplative Manner

Monk, c. 1400, via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Attribute Boredom to a Malevolent Spirit

‘The Artist’s Uncle, as a Monk’ by Paul Cézanne, 1866, via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1993, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002

Perform a Living Funeral

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