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New Poetry Video – God Among the Pots and Pans ~ A Love Note from Your Online Abbess

God Among the Pots and Pans by Christine Valters Paintner.mp4 from Abbey of the Arts on Vimeo. God Among the Pots and Pans (After St. Teresa of Avila) Sifting flour for daily bread white mist rises dough multiplies before my eyes Chopped carrots form a broken string of orange prayer beads The sharp knife cuts through any confusion bone gleaming exposed Sizzle of steak onions and mushrooms alchemy of steel and flame My cup of coffee is of course always a revelation And the glasses of wine waiting on the table a wonder of earth and time Magpie caws outside

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Lerita Coleman Brown

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for an excerpt from Lerita Coleman Brown’s book When the Heart Speaks, Listen—Discovering Inner Wisdom on listening to the “little Voice.” I straddled the edge of the examination table in the doctor’s office. The news was terrifying and devastating. I would need a heart transplant in 18 months or less. As a single, African American female professor living in Boulder, Colorado; USA in 1994, I could not fathom where this uninvited journey would lead me. I prayed ceaselessly for miraculous

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New Poetry Video – Listen ~ A Love Note From Your Online Abbess

Listen by Christine Valters Paintner.mp4 from Abbey of the Arts on Vimeo. I wake to a rising of robin voices, their tiny chests puffed like ripe persimmons. Acres of clouds strum across the day-blue sky, wind breathes its endless score over heathered hills and the sea beyond my window churns. Somewhere a hazelnut drops rustling to the ground. Peony peels herself open in a slow yawn to reveal a multitude of pleasures. Fox darts between hedgerows, breaking her silent reverie, orange fur brushing against golden gorse profusion. Beneath sirens and the perpetual groan of cars, the march of trains and

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Summer Self-Study SALE! (until June 28th)

Coupon Code: SUMMERSALE25 – 25% off all self-study retreats until June 28th! Choose from 20 different programs all with lifetime access to the content. When you click the registration button on each retreat page it will take you to an enrolment page that asks for your email address (unless you are already logged into the learning system) and below that is a link that says “Apply a coupon.” Click that and enter the code SUMMERSALE25 into that field and the discounted price should appear.

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Suzanne Dowd

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Suzanne Dowd’s reflection on listening for grace. It’s a rainy Thursday, I set up my laptop, make myself a cup a tea, put on a warm cozy sweater & settle in to the new comfy chair in my home office to do virtual sessions with my patients. My profession is that of a clinical social worker. Each week I feel privileged to walk with patients through their life stories. Some stories are so dark, I don’t know

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Lift Every Voice: Contemplative Writers of Color – June Video Discussion and Book Group Materials Now Available

Join Abbey of the Arts for a monthly conversation on how increasing our diversity of perspectives on contemplative practice can enrich our understanding and experience of the Christian mystical tradition.  Christine Valters Paintner is joined by author Claudia Love Mair for a series of video conversations. Each month they take up a new book by or about a voice of color. The community is invited to purchase and read the books in advance and participate actively in this journey of deepening, discovery, and transformation.  Click here to view this month’s video discussion along with questions for reflection.  Meditations of the Heart is

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Sacred Balance ~ A Love Note from Your Online Abbess

Dearest monks and artists, Melinda Thomas has been offering her admin support at Abbey of the Arts for many years now. She is often the warm voice who replies to your emails and she makes sure the daily email newsletter gets formatted and scheduled. She has many more gifts, however, including being a terrific writer and an inspiring yoga teacher.  She published a book last fall which brings together principles of yogic teaching with those from Benedictine spirituality, two traditions which have shaped me in significant ways. I am really delighted that she agreed to offer an online retreat for

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Lisa Bozarth Ozaeta

I am delighted to share this beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series by Lisa Bozarth Ozaeta. Lisa is joining Abbey of the Arts as our new seminary intern for the next two years. She is in training for ordination in the Episcopal church and we are delighted to have her enthusiasm and gifts in service to this community. She will be involved in several of our programs. Here she shares a bit of her own practice of silence: One of my rituals is to plant myself on my back deck early in the morning. I

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Pentecost + Monk in the World podcast (Creative Joy)

“What is serious to men is often very trivial in the sight of God. What in God might appear to us as ‘play’ is perhaps what He Himself takes most seriously. At any rate the Lord plays and diverts Himself in the garden of His creation, and if we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance.” —Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation Dearest monks and artists, We now have morning and evening audio podcasts

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Tom (TA) Delmore

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to our Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Tom (TA) Delmore’s reflection taken from the introduction to his book Crossing up River. A children’s story which is only enjoyed By children is a bad children’s story. ~  C. S. Lewis  I have been a shy searcher for a relationship with God most of my life. Different paths have taught me much. This is God and I walking together.  St Ignatius of Loyola taught me something about story. He said: “put yourself in the gospel story, imagine what it

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