The monk professes three vows: stability, fidelity to monastic life, and obedience. By stability, the monk commits himself to love and serve the brothers of this particular monastery for the rest of his life, and also to love and serve the particular spot on the planet the monastery rests on, the land, along with the monastery’s buildings and its heritage. In other words, stability is about rootedness and the conviction that like a tree you can grow and bear fruit only when you are grounded. The monk is seed scattered on good soil.