In The Wisdom of the Body, Christine Valters Paintner focuses on the true meaning of the Incarnation—God became flesh—and points to the spiritual importance of appreciating the bodies God gave us.
Each of the book’s ten chapters is a mini-workshop designed to lead us to new ways of being in relationship with our bodies. Starting with the senses and shifting toward emotions and desires, Paintner explores their role as thresholds to discovering the body’s wisdom. She draws from Christian tradition to offer principles and practices such as stability, hospitality, and gratitude to lead us on a journey that ends with a sense of deep peace and self-acceptance.
Through expressive arts and creative movement, Paintner demonstrates a new a language and way of integrating and sharing our discoveries. By exploring the lives of women in the Bible and in the Christian tradition—including Eve, Mary, Hildegaard of Bingen, and Amma Syncletica—Paintner introduces us to companions that accompany us on our journey.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
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About the Author
Paintner is the author of fifteen books on monasticism and creativity, including Earth, Our Original Monastery; The Soul’s Slow Ripening; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire; The Artist’s Rule; The Soul of a Pilgrim; Illuminating the Way; The Wisdom of the Body; and two collections of poetry. She is a Benedictine oblate living in Galway, Ireland, with her husband, John. Together they lead writing retreats and pilgrimages in Ireland, Scotland, Austria, and Germany, as well as online retreats at their website AbbeyoftheArts.com.
Table of Contents
1 Viriditas: Claiming New Body Stories 13
2 Breath: The Gateway to the Body 33
3 Senses: The Threshold and Sacrament of Experience 53
4 Feelings and Desire: The Ocean of Emotion 73
5 Thoughts: The Inner Witness 93
6 Exile and Lament: The Vulnerability of the Body 109
7 Holiness Made Flesh: The Incarnation and Embodied Life 131
8 Ecstasy and Reclaiming Joy: Expanding Our Threshold of Tolerance 151
9 The Greening of the Body: The Earth as Matrix 173
10 Coming Home to Your Body: The Vocation of the Body 189
Additional Resources 213