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

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 …

Quotes, Seasons

The Meadow (Summer Solstice Meditation) …

I hear the unblown flute, In the deep summer shadows ... — Basho   As we walk into words that have waited for us to enter them, so the meadow, muddy with dreams, is gathering itself together and trying, with difficulty, to remember how to make wildflowers. Imperceptibly heaving with the old impatience, it knows… Continue reading The Meadow (Summer Solstice Meditation) …

Quotes, Seasons

Winter Has A Gift To Give …

Winter here is a demanding season—and not everyone appreciates the discipline. It is a season when death’s victory can seem supreme: few creatures stir, plants do not visibly grow, and nature feels like our enemy. And yet the rigors of winter, like the diminishments of autumn, are accompanied by amazing gifts. One gift is beauty,… Continue reading Winter Has A Gift To Give …

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)

Interreligious, Poems, Quotes

I Want To Write Of The Light …

I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings. ― Mary Oliver from Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays Light I want to write of the light but I do not… Continue reading I Want To Write Of The Light …

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 …