A Little of This, a Little of That has a great post on the stages of Carmelite sprituality. EWTN has a Bishop Anders Arbolerius of Stockholm, Sweden, discussing Carmelite spirituality in a weekly series as well.
Part of my heart has always longed for the contemplative life. Especially while fixing dinner with moody children arguing about finishing their homework: I think of nuns in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and sigh. I feel certain, when my domestic duties are no longer pressing, that I will make a monastic retreat.
For now, I look forward to being able to see "Into Great Silence" a film made while a man spent six months inside a Carthusian monastery in the Alps. It's an unusualy quiet film, which seems to truly give the viewer a window into monastic life. Surprisingly the New York Times reviewer called it "engrossing". It is out on limited release in the US. View the trailer here.
These things are reminders to step outside the frantic pace of normal American life, and spend some time in the Lord's presence, allowing Him to transform us into His image.