Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Some time in Spring over at Abbey of the Arts I saw an invitation to a Contemplative Art Retreat (during Advent) entitled "Exploring Monastic Rhythms Through Art & Movement," I decided, for some reason, to give it a go......the exploration of sacred rhythms of my life was more than intriguing - it seemed a must! Little did I know what bounty was in store.
The retreat experience for me seemed specifically designed to awaken, to permeate, to support - not only my faith and spiritual resolve - but my growing curiosity and involvement with the creative process.
The retreat's structure was built upon the ancient practice of praying the hours - dawn, day, dusk and night. Yoga, reflections, scripture, music, poetry and art-making were scheduled around and specifically to the rhythms of time and my place in that time. It was a powerful experience.
I shared a bit of poetry with you yesterday, will continue to do so today - probably all week, and maybe through Advent:) Some of the poetry will be mine, some will be from Thomas Merton, A Book of Hours edited by Kathleen Deignan, and some will be from Holy scripture.
DAWN - What secret and intrepid visitor softly springs the locks of time. Thomas Merton
DAWN - I will know your first footfall, I am eager to greet you.
DAWN - I fly with the wings of the dawn.
From Psalm 139
What do you feel about the dawn? Do you ever actually see it? Do you greet it or does it greet you? Can you actually recollect any important feelings in your life about the dawn?