All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.
Last Friday was my two-year Bloggiversary! Hard to believe I have been showing up in this space for that long. It makes me smile to look at my Poetry category in the sidebar and see the number of entries at over 100. When I first began, my blog was called the Sacred Art of Living, a name I still love, but I found there was occasional confusion with this fine place of the same name. So when I launched my brand new website I transferred all of my old posts over and claimed a name for myself that spoke of my love of monastic tradition and the arts while continuing to explore the intersection of spirituality and creativity. I experimented with some regular features such as (my favorite!) the every-other-week Poetry Parties, Visual Meditations which offer a few moments each week of invitation into wonder and seeing more deeply, the marvelous folks who have shared their wisdom through the Sacred Artist Interviews, and of course interspersed are lots of my own honest reflections on themes important to my heart like creativity, discernment, grief, nature, and living as fully and meaningfully as possible.
So I offer a warm thank you to all of you, my wonderful readers and supporters. Truly this has been a joyful place for me to connect with others of like mind and heart and a great discipline for my own creative journey. I would love to hear from you this day, especially if you’ve been reading silently for a while. There are a lot of you out there and so a comment or email would surely make my day.
-Christine Valters Paintner @ Abbey of the Arts