rolled up from the bottom, are stored in the open—
in a pile, acrylic, canvas, brushes, water pots
stand next to sketches waiting on
the vision—cave-like muse
to blend the elements of bold contemplation,
with the sweat of inspiration—
the stuff of a masterpiece, or illustration
of what it means to see the world
within, through art.
Art is one of the many means we seek to slow down, to contemplate the other side of life. To pause, grow still, through whatever wholesome medium we choose, is one way we grow and expand our inner life, increasing our spiritual capacity. Come to know God in a deeper way. This is a truth I explore in my new book, “Longings of the Soul, a poetic response.”
This weekend I’m hosting a workshop for Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship called “Poetry as Pilgrimage.” It’s about how we travel. Learn to look outwards. Gain inner capacity, by following the path of spiritual disciplines, to go further – into the good things God has in store for those who seek to follow hard after Him.
For MORE on the spiritual disciplines and POETRY AS PILGRIMAGE, check out my books on Amazon, including “Longings of the Soul, a poetic response.” Author Page on Amazon.
There are things that belong to the world of wonder, the realm of peace and the dynamics of prayer and worship, etc., that by their very nature elude the noise, the upset, the greed that would tell us we are less than all we are, when we seek God, and so become ourselves, here, in this QUIET PLACE we call SILENCE. The most natural habitat in the world, for a soul, seeking TO BE – quiet. Undisturbed. Full up on wonder.
For more POETRY FOR THE SOUL seeking quiet, visit my Author Page on Amazon. Pick up a book. Take it underwater. Read in silence. Write a poem in response. It will be great!
Anytime I’ve been able to visit dedicated holy places, there’s a sense of having arrived on a variation on social protocol. You are literally asked to grow quiet, without anyone saying anything. It is one of the most beautiful invitations. I love the Silence that seems to suit and surround the Holy.