Posts in the Visual Meditation category

Winter Angels

Christmas blessings my dear Abbey friends! May the angels of winter carry you through the long nights and inspire many dreams. *(angels found in Vienna)

Visual Meditation: Oasis in the Desert

I am heading off to the desert for a time of Lenten retreat and leave you with some rainy day images from the Kubota Japanese Garden here in Seattle.  The desert mothers and fathers will be my companions for this journey.  My heart is ready to move into silence to listen for a deeper voice.  I'll […]

Visual Meditation: "The faces of tulips"

Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who made the morning and spread it over the fields and into the faces of the tulips –Mary Oliver Black and white versions:

Visual Meditation: Savoring Stillness

When I was in Vienna over Christmas my husband and I took a magical walk on the Winter Solstice through the snow-covered gardens of Schonbrunn Palace.  The peace of that foggy day still sings in my heart.  Celebrate the gifts of winter with me.  Breathe deeply and feel the invitation to savor stillness.  Those of you […]

Visual Meditation: Christmas Blessings from Vienna

Christmas blessings to all friends of the Abbey – may you discover the holy being birthed within your own heart, may your life enflesh the sacred presence for others. Stop by "Give me a Word" and share the word shimmering for you for 2011 and read the moving reflections others have posted in response to […]

Visual Meditation: Winter Solstice (in Vienna)

Today in the Northern hemisphere we celebrate the Winter Solstice, that day of the great turning toward the light.  Winter is my favorite season with her achingly beautiful spareness.  I offer you some images from my time away below.  Blessings on your own journey through holy darkness toward illumination. More photos to come later in […]

Visual Meditation: I am Part of a Great Migration

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Visual Meditation: World Congress of Benedictine Oblates

A visual meditation with images from my travels during the World Congress of Benedictine Oblates in October 2009. The photos were taken in the Vatican City, Rome, Subiaco (Benedict's Cave), Monte Cassino (Benedictine monastery), and Sant'Anselmo (Primatial Abbey). The music is by Hildegard of Bingen. © Christine Valters Paintner at Abbey of the Arts: Transformative […]

Visual Meditation: Gathering Flock

The flock thickens over the roiling, salt brightness. Listen, maybe such devotion, in which one holds the world in the clasp of attention, isn't the perfect prayer, but it must be close, for the sorrow, whose name is doubt, is thus subdued, and not through the weaponry of reason, but of pure submission. Tell me, […]

Visual Meditation: A Place of the Heart

I grew up in New York City where my father worked for the United Nations.  He was half Latvian (father's side) and half Austrian (mother's side) and at age 12, during World War II, he had to flee Riga where he was raised to go to Vienna and live with his grandparents.  For my entire […]