Contemplative Practice, Whimsical Watercolors

A Watercolor Meditation for When You Feel Afraid: Whimsical Watercolors

I have been feeling afraid. Maybe you have, too. With all that is going on with the pandemic, politics, and civil unrest, it is easy to be afraid. When I am afraid, it is easy to forget what I know about Love. Here is what I know: 1. There is a lot of darkness in… Continue reading A Watercolor Meditation for When You Feel Afraid: Whimsical Watercolors

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Play as a Contemplative Practice

My friend Justin has a really cool blog that explores spirituality, especially from a Celtic Christian perspective. He so kindly asked me to write a post for his blog this summer. It was right around the time I was teaching my class on play, so I wrote a post on play as a contemplative practice.… Continue reading Play as a Contemplative Practice

Contemplative Practice, Practices for Cultivating Love, Spirituality and Love

Butterfly Meditating: A Contemplative Practice

I have a wildflower garden in my back yard, and when it is in full bloom, it attracts a lot of butterflies. All of the photos in this post are taken by me at home or on a walk. I get really excited about my butterflies every day, especially in the afternoon. The sun is… Continue reading Butterfly Meditating: A Contemplative Practice

Contemplative Practice, Self-compassion, Whimsical Watercolors, Wonder and Whimsy

Coloring: A Contemplative Practice

It may seem odd to suggest that coloring is a contemplative practice. After all, the phrase contemplative practice sounds very grown-up, serious, and even mysterious. Coloring, on the other hand, is child's play, lighthearted, and easy as a walk in the park on a sunny day. Can coloring really be contemplative? Contemplative practices are activities… Continue reading Coloring: A Contemplative Practice

Contemplative Practice, Spirituality and Love, Wonder and Whimsy

Creating Nature Mandalas: A Contemplative Practice

Humans have been fascinated with circles all throughout history. Circles are everywhere in nature, both in the nature around us (like flowers and forests) and the nature above us (like planets and galaxies). Because of the symmetry of circles, people have long associated them with the Divine, infinity, harmony, balance, enlightenment, and perfection. (You can… Continue reading Creating Nature Mandalas: A Contemplative Practice

Contemplative Practice, Practices for Cultivating Love, Spirituality and Love

Labyrinth Walking: A Contemplative Practice

I have been building and walking labyrinths the last couple of weeks, and I love it. Spiral art, and I take labyrinths to be a type of spiral art, have long been a part of contemplative practice for both non-religious and religious people. I first started noticing spirals when I was researching art and culture… Continue reading Labyrinth Walking: A Contemplative Practice

Contemplative Practice, Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Spirituality and Love

Contemplative Practices: What they are; Why They are for Everyone; and How they Help Us

One of the most loving and powerful things we can do for ourselves is develop a consistent contemplative practice. The phrase contemplative practice may sounds religious or mystical to you, and it can be both of these things, but don't worry: even if you are not religious and do not practice any faith, contemplative practices… Continue reading Contemplative Practices: What they are; Why They are for Everyone; and How they Help Us

Contemplative Practice, Healing Difficult Emotions

When We Need Wisdom and Guidance: A Contemplative Practice

Do you need more wisdom about something in your life? Do you feel confused about the right action or path to take in a certain area of your life? If so, you are not alone. All of us, at one point or another (or at many points), find ourselves in need of wisdom we do… Continue reading When We Need Wisdom and Guidance: A Contemplative Practice