I've been pondering inspiration and creativity on my other blog, and this picture is what my brain feels like when an idea comes to me. It's something I wish I could feel all the time, but most people aren't in a constant state of inspiration. Wouldn't the world be a wonderful place if people were in a constant or near-constant state of inspiration? Sparks would fly everywhere. You could SEE ideas as they develop. You could SEE change as it happens. It's the kind of world I wish I lived in. I hope whatever the afterlife holds for me, I hope it has an area that is full of inspiration! I long for such a place! Let's look for those kinds of fireworks in our everyday lives! They must be there, just waiting to happen. Just waiting to inspire someone to come up with an idea to make our wo
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I'm working on a new spiritual practice for my life--actually a few new ones. In my book collection I've been intrigued by several titles lately. Poetry as Spiritual Practice, How the Light Gets In: Writing as Spiritual Practice, and Create Your Personal Sacred Text: Develop and Celebrate Your Spiritual Life , I've also been longing for the ritual of the Book of Hours. I have very little routine to my days and nights--as I've said to other people, I feel like I go to an unsupervised kindergarten! My friend Jamie Wright Bagley taught a course on the Book of Hours last year--I hope she'll do it again. Here's a link to a Book of Hours that Jamie did for herself. Thomas Merton's Book of Hours is on my list, along with Macrina Wiederkehr's Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the ...
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1 Kings 8:10-13 10And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. 12Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness. 13I have built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.” King Solomon’s Temple was a wonder to behold. It was made with the finest of materials: the best stone, lumber from the Cedars of Lebanon, gold, silver, and precious jewels. Yet it still was a case of humans trying to control God, confine God in a place of their making. A place where God could be forgotten like many other things people put in boxes and placed on a shelf. Even though the temple