It’s another “Bottoms Up” day for me — one of those days in which the images seem to want to be read, earlier to later, from the bottom up. 🙂
Twilight’s dreams glisten,
releasing from Being’s depths,
“Eco-theologian Thomas Berry says the universe is so amazing in its interrelatedness that it must have been dreamt into being. He also says our situation today as an earth community is so desperate—we are so far from knowing how to save ourselves from the ecological degradations we are a part of—that we must dream the way forward. We must summon, from the unconscious, ways of seeing that we know nothing of yet, visions that emerge from deeper within us than our conscious rational minds.” —an excerpt from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation
I’ve been cooking for the Guild’s Spring Sacred Arts Week. It gives me crazy amounts of joy to hand over a big bucket of vegetable scraps for the compost — “black gold” as gardeners would call it.
This morning I read an article called “A Sanctuary for Artists and Activists” by Paul Massari. He quotes the Rev. Erik Martinez Resly: “For people in our community… making art is an incredibly meaningful, often transformational, and even transcendent practice… It surfaces what [Harvard Divinity School Professor] Cornel West calls the ‘raw, funky, stanky stuff of life,’ and the sacred so often dwells in those depths.”
Can’t help but hold those two thoughts together.
She says, “Welcome!”
and we bow before
this new day.
Many of you seeing these two images likely know that in my journaling practice, one side of the page informs the other. The image on the left is a set of sermon notes from 2014 by Bishop Michael Rinehart. The one on the right became complete a couple years later when “walk and witness” was spoken by a Summer Program 2016 guest at the Guild.
“The cosmos and our place in it, this beautiful Earth, are reminding us that we belong to each other.” ~Ellen Haroutunian
tucking a little Pura Vida in my heart and in my journal as we say goodbye to peaceful Costa Rica today
a little Van Morrison for you today
“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?
A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.