In one of my other roles I edit for an academic journal called the Journal for Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. Well, it's production time and I'm reading (a lot...a lot) of great articles and cleaning them up for Turabian/Chicago style along the way. This morning I found myself reading an article on Amish spirituality. I've been challenged and respected by the article's author as he explicates Amish spirituality in theology, Scripture, and in practice. While reading I ran across the following quote:
"Rhythms are not about progress, and life is less about progressing toward some end point than observing, learning and loving well on the journey itself. Rhythms renew us . . . And all are sacred. Attending to rhythms gives contentment room to expand into our life.”
Really: Rhythms allow contentment to grow? How is this possible. Nonetheless, having questions left unanswered, my intrigue lingered. What could this mean for me as an artist? Is this why Julia Cameron has us writing three pages every morning in The Artist's Way? Was St. Ignatius on to this when he formulated the daily Spiritual Exercises?
It seems to imply the mere practice of creating, being still, acting, or showing up enough to make room for the sacred. Wow. And further, when the sacred shows up contentment seems to follow closely behind. My own experience speaks to this (and I didn't even realize it at first). Since graduating from Talbot School of Theology's Institute for Spiritual Formation I've lived in a sort of simple monkish life: wake up, breakfast, Hulu, prayer journaling (when I'm not avoiding God or myself), make the bed, lunch... you get the picture. And as I've relaxed into this rhythm of a simple life I've found myself content. I don't desire to "get out of the house" quite as often, and when I do I enjoy it but it's not something I "need." I like doing simple chores like washing the dishes or making the bed. I look forward to when hubby comes home from work and spending the evening together. Even going to the dog beach with Courage feels extravagant in a healthy-delicious way.
Now I find myself wondering how these types of rhythms, applied to my creativity, would impact me.
Let's connect. Leave a comment:
What rhythms do you have in your life?
How does the presence, or lack of presence, of rhythms impact your inner peace?
Which habits draw you closer to the lover of your soul? Which ones pull you away?