The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom


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Summarized in the phrase "pray and work," "The Rule of St. Benedict" provides the inspiration for Christine Valters Paintner's newest exploration of the mutually nourishing relationship between contemplative practices and creative expression. Artists of all stripes and stations in life—poets or painters, potters or photographers—will discover how traditions of Benedictine, Celtic, and desert spirituality can offer new sources of inspiration for their work. Through this twelve-week course, themes like "Sacred Tools and Sacred Space," "Creative Solitude and Community," and "Nature as a Source of Revelation and Inspiration" are enriched by Paintner's perceptive discussion and enhanced by insightful quotations from well-known artists and writers. Each week offers suggestions for grounding both the creative and the spiritual life through three basic practices: walking, lectio divina, and journaling. In sync with Paintner's vibrant Internet presence, "The Artist's Rule" is supplemented with online resources, including guided meditation podcasts, video lessons, and discussions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933495293
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 238,672
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Macrina Wiederkehr xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Claiming Monastic Gifts for Creative Living 1

Week 1 Establishing a Creative, Contemplative Practice 9

Week 2 Exploring Your Inner Monk and Inner Artist 25

Week 3 Sacred Tools and Sacred Space 37

Week 4 Sacred Rhythms for Creative Renewal 49

Week 5 Obedience, Stability, Conversion: Commitment to the Creative Life 69

Week 6 Humility: Embracing Your Imperfections and Limitations 81

Week 7 Inner Hospitality and Welcoming the Stranger 95

Week 8 Creative Community 109

Week 9 Nature as Source of Revelation and Inspiration 121

Week 10 Simplicity: Creative Asceticism and Learning When to Let Go 129

Week 11 Creative Work as Vocation and Holy Service 139

Week 12 Creating an Artist's Rule of Life 151

Conclusion: The Artist and Monk are One 161

Resources 163

Index: Creative Exercises and Meditations 167

Index: Lectio Divina Passages 171

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Silvernfire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a twelve-week program designed to help you explore how a contemplative spiritual life can both inform and be strengthened by expressing yourself creatively. Paintner, a Benedictine oblate, has modeled this program on the Rule of St. Benedict. Although I'm sure that someone who is familiar with the Rule will get more out of this book, Paintner has written a book that can be used and appreciated by an interfaith audience. For each week, Paintner explores a different aspect of the Rule and links it to exercises to develop one's creativity. After each topic, she discusses some contemplative exercises linked to the theme of the week, usually centered on lectio divina and questions for reflection. These are followed by a guided meditation and exercises for exploring the week's them visually and sometimes through writing.I enjoyed this book, although I've only read it, not tried to put the program into practice. It did come across as a little generic at points, but that might be expected of a book that is meant to be used with all sorts of artistic expression. I don't think this book can teach you the Rule in much depth, but it did pique my curiosity to learn more about it. I think this would be a good book for people interested in trying to integrate their spirituality and their creativity.