"How do we remain faithful to our own spiritual imagination and not betray what we know in our own bodies? The world is holy. We are holy. Life is holy."
-Terry Tempest Williams
"One of the most important things we can do is to make enough space to listen to our own deepest longings and begin to trust those longings more."
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body
"The things we love tell us what we are."
"Act as though every thing depended on you, but pray as though everything depended on God."
"Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God."
"Basically there can be no categories such as ‘religious’ art and ‘secular’ art, because all true art is incarnational, and therefore ‘religious’."
"All we need to do is cleanse the door of perception, and we shall see things as they are – infinite."
"But draw them together into a little compass, and hold them still, so still; And let them become clear, so clear…”
-Edward Carpenter, New Zealand Prayer Book
"Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you."
(House of Belonging)
"The Inuit say, "The more we know, the less we need."
"Tomorrow morning, when you first awaken, pause and consider before you place your feet on the ground that your feet will touch the address of God. The Kingdom of God is now."
"Contemplation is an exercise in keeping your heart and mind spaces open long enough for the mind to see other hidden material. It is content with the naked now and waits for futures given by God and grace."
- Richard Rohr
The Art of Contemplative Living is an artistic studio and a nurturing community. We aspire to awaken hearts to encounter God through creative expression in every aspect of life. In our classes, retreats and trainings, we work with people of all ages to cultivate spiritual practices that sustain an open, childlike receptivity to the inherent holiness of the present moment.