The strong bond of communion within the Carmelite monastic community stands in fruitful tension with the heremitical spirituality of Mount Carmel. Carmelites cookingThe meals are taken together in silence, accompanied by reading from Holy Scripture and other spiritual books. The daily period of recreation provides an opportunity for speaking and laughing together, sharing the simple joys of life. In community dialogue, the nuns strive to be of one mind and heart even in diversity. In Carmelite life, the nun calls nothing her own, but holds all things in common with her sisters.