Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 19: Bearing Witness …

Bearing witness is one of the primary ways that human beings hold each other up and help each other grow. Bearing witness is also one of the primary functions of art. No matter what we long for in our imagination, we are just as obliged to affirm the truth of how we mistreat each other… Continue reading Advent Day 19: Bearing Witness …

Prayers, Quotes

There Are Words In Us (Meditations for Writers) …

First, get settled. Breathe. Big, deep, full breaths, taken slowly. Clear your mind of words. Be wordless. Then, open your eyes and write whatever comes out of you, and keep writing without taking your hands from the paper or the keyboard for fifteen minutes. Don’t worry about punctuation or spelling. Just write. Every day. Fifteen… Continue reading There Are Words In Us (Meditations for Writers) …

Quotes

To Enter the Song (The Real Challenge in Creativity) …

I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of… Continue reading To Enter the Song (The Real Challenge in Creativity) …

Quotes

The Way Out Of Fear …

Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The… Continue reading The Way Out Of Fear …

Quotes, Seasons

Autumn Meditation: Letting Go …

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. — F. Scott Fitzgerald from The Great Gatsby The Work of Autumn In autumn we learn more about ourselves, perhaps, than in any other season. Having provided the harvest, Nature now makes everything bare. In this season Nature lets go of its abundant… Continue reading Autumn Meditation: Letting Go …

Quotes

A Canvas …

What would you do with a canvas, a brush, and colours? What could you bring to a table set blank with paints, and space to make your mark, to leave your print. I have a feeling He’s given us permission to pick the paints, and the colours that reflect us. I know he’s given us… Continue reading A Canvas …

Media

The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within (Book Recommendation)

Kindle ebook is $4.99 on Amazon.com for a limited time. The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within (Kindle Edition) by Christine Valters Paintner The renowned author of eight books and abbess of the online retreat center Abbey of the Arts, Christine Valters Paintner takes readers on a new kind of pilgrimage: an… Continue reading The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within (Book Recommendation)

Prayers

God Of New Creating …

God of new creating, who beckons us to the dance of birthing and sustains us in our laboring, hear this prayer: From fear of the unknown deliver me. From doubts of my creativity deliver me. From ridicule by those around me deliver me. From my excuses about my abilities, my age, my education, my looks,… Continue reading God Of New Creating …

Poems, Seasons

A Celebration of Winter Solstice …

There is a tendency to want to hurry from autumn to spring, to avoid the long dark days that winter brings. Many people do not like constant days bereft of light and months filled with colder temperatures. They struggle with the bleakness of land and the emptiness of trees. Their eyes and hearts seek color.… Continue reading A Celebration of Winter Solstice …