June: Creative Contemplation

The goal of contemplative practices is to develop deep intimacy with God, but sitting still and silently meditating isn't the only way to do that. Our unique gifts, talents, heritages, and cultures all contribute to how we uniquely draw near to God. So, to celebrate this (and hopefully inspire you to contemplate more creatively), each month we'll post a different piece of art along with some reflecting questions.

Some months this will be a song, a poem, a painting, a video, or a sculpture. Some months the piece will resonate deeply with you, some months it may upset you, and some months it may confuse you. Lean into whatever feelings the piece stirs up and allow it to draw you nearer to God's heart and expose your own. 

Big thanks to Amy Brady for providing us with the artwork and reflecting questions this month!

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” -Pablo Picasso

  Artist: Joan Baliker Name of Sculpture: PEACE (from a collection entitled Peace Seekers)  http://joanbaliker.com/index.html    

Artist: Joan Baliker
Name of Sculpture: PEACE (from a collection entitled Peace Seekers)
http://joanbaliker.com/index.html

 

Quiet your body. Steady your breath and rest.

Look at this sculpture with the eyes of your heart. What do you see?

Can you name emotions she seems to be feeling? What state(s) of being would you say she is experiencing as she sits meditating?

The hands are a beautiful component of this sculpture. What might the artist be saying by sculpting the hands up and open rather than down and closed on her lap? What do the hands emote within you?

Our face often reflects our heart. As you look at her face, what is it that she seems to be reflecting?

If a sculpture was made of you in the same posture right now, how would it be like this one and how would it be different?

What is stirring in your heart that makes you relate to this work of art?

Does she seem to have a condition of the heart you do not have during this season of your life? And if so, what are the obstacles, attitudes, fears, pain, or anything else that you feel are standing between you and the more beautiful spaces this sculpture represents?

Caroline Williams

Caroline Williams Yoga, PO Box 323, New York, NY