Stop by my latest guest post at the fabulous Bliss Chick on The Creative Soul as a Monk in the World.
Monastic Wisdom to Nurture Creative Rhythms
We have probably all had those times when the creative work just isn't flowing like we want it to and it seems like such hard work to push forward. I find a great deal of wisdom in monastic spirituality for creative flourishing.
The Seasons of the Day
The first is an awareness of the seasons. Monks traditionally pray what is called the Liturgy of the Hours, gathering together up to seven times each day (depending on the community) to sing the psalms together. It is a way of returning to an awareness of the deep source at the heart of all our work. When the bells for prayer ring, the monks stop their work and come to the chapel. No matter how important what they are doing may feel, the Hours take precedence. It is a way of cultivating deep humility and non-attachment.
Previous Virtual Book Tour stops:
- A podcast interview with me at Sacred Life Arts
- An interview with me at June Mears Driedger
- A review of The Artist's Rule at Spirituality and Practice
- Read my article Awakening to our creative sacred hearts at Pilgrim's Moon
- A review of The Artist's Rule at Creative Liberty
- An podcast interview with me on art and monasticism at Otherhood
- A review of Lectio Divina at Godspace
Order Christine's two newest books from Amazon.com below:
- The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom
- Lectio Divina–The Sacred Arts: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer