In today’s blog, we explore our creative explorations and endeavors as a path to spiritual fulfillment.
Only in our doing can we grasp you.
Only with our hands can we illumine you.
I had the remarkable opportunity this weekend to attend a poetry workshop hosted by the Calliope Center in Viroqua, Wisconsin, facilitated by Prudence Tippins and Ed Schultz. The workshop was an incredible opportunity to explore my own inner poet, but even more than that, the workshop was a profoundly moving experience of spiritual transformation and healing. Under the gentle guidance and witness of Ed and Prudence, unhealed wounds surfaced and presented themselves for healing and release. It was a remarkable day that far exceeded my hopes and expectations.
After a day of writing, writing, more writing, shyly sharing my poetry and being nourished by Prudence’s amazing raw food banquet I was completely satisfied and content. Did you hear that? I WAS CONTENT! In case you do not yet know this about me, I am typically anything BUT content. Most of my time is spent in the restless pursuit of contentment, but in truth, I am rarely there. So, to find contentment at the end of a day of creative exploration and expression was quite a shock. WHO KNEW???
This experience has brought me to a new theory about fulfillment. Fulfillment, in my theistic language is an experience of coming face to face with God, known by an inner sense of peace, contentment and safety. I speak frequently to my clients and students about the “magic” meditation formula – if you give a portion of your day to God (through meditation, contemplation or prayer), then magic things begin to happen: you feel peaceful, your life unfolds naturally and effortlessly, the questions of your heart and the struggles of life seem to work out, the things we need seem to magically fall into our laps. In short, when we take time to cultivate a spiritual discipline of meditation and contemplation, we are fulfilled. For the past several years I have subscribed to this theory and found it to be mostly true (especially when I stop looking at life through the lens of my big fat ego and look instead through God’s eyes.) Well, this weekend, I was reminded that it is not only through meditation that fulfillment is realized. It is also realized through our creative explorations and expression.
So here is my new theory – if we give a portion of our day to our creative exploration and expression, magic things will begin to happen: we will find peaceful contentment, the quandaries of our life will work themselves out, the things we need will magically fall into our lap, we will be fulfilled, we shall see and know God. Cool! I think this is a theory worth testing. Who is with me?
What creative explorations and forms of expression do you enjoy? (cooking, painting, writing, gardening, crafting, building, singing, playing music, etc.)
How much time do you give to your creative explorations?
How are you being called to attend to this creativity more regularly?
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