I have been thinking about moments a lot lately – those holy doorways where I am lifted out of time and I encounter the sacred in the most ordinary acts – and then a friend emailed me this video. It has me contemplating what it is I am here to do as an artist and as a monk.
Mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade says the word “moment” comes from the Latin root momentus, which means to move. We are moved when we touch the eternal and timeless which is available to us in each moment we are fully present.
There is a sense of spaciousness in moments. Art and spiritual practice are how we find this moment of eternity. Our days are filled with moments of beauty and poignancy. The task of the artist and the monk is to witness these eternal moments in a steady stream of revelation. In this way, we are all invited to become artists and monks. Before you watch the video, pause to breathe deeply, to slow yourself down. As you watch be present to the feelings moving in you that each image evokes.
Which moments will you discover today? Which moments will find you?
Text © Christine Valters Paintner at Abbey of the Arts:
Transformative Living through Contemplative & Expressive Arts