The Wisdom of the Body

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 9781933495835
Release Date: 2017-03-03
Genre: Religion

The distorted view of the perfect female body created by popular culture, television, movies, and the media often causes women to become uncomfortable with their own bodies. Christine Valters Paintner, popular author of nine books and abbess of the online retreat center Abbey of the Arts, draws from Celtic, desert, and Benedictine traditions to help women connect with their bodies through writing, visual art, and movement. 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.

The Eyes of the Heart

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 9781933495552
Release Date: 2013-03-25
Genre: Religion

In this first book to explore photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective, Christine Valters Paintner builds on the process of contemplative creativity she introduced online at Abbey of the Arts and in her book The Artist's Rule. She considers how a camera can help readers open "the eyes of the heart." More than a book on photographic technique, Eyes of the Heart is about cultivating photography as a spiritual practice. Adapting the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing), spiritual director and Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner invites readers to a new way of viewing the world--through the lens of a camera. Paintner guides readers through six themes connecting the medium of photography with the Christian spiritual life. Each theme provides a photographic journey in which the reader does not simply take images, but receives images and learns to see with "the eyes of the heart" (Eph 1:18). Photos by the author are included.

Embodied Prayer

Author: Celeste Snowber
Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781896836621
Release Date: 2004-01
Genre: Religion

Our bodies have too long been in exile. We listen or pray with our hearts and minds but ignore much of our bodies; we become 'disembodied'. This illuminating book is about honouring what our bodies have to teach us. Brimming with words of wisdom that will allow you to discover what a gift your body is, 'Embodied Prayer' invites you towards wholeness of body, mind, and soul.

Awakening the Creative Spirit

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9780819223715
Release Date: 2010-02-01
Genre: Religion

Designed to help spiritual directors and others use expressive arts in the context of spiritual direction.

The Soul of a Pilgrim

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 9781933495873
Release Date: 2015-05-05
Genre: Religion

The renowned author of eight books and abbess of the online retreat center Abbey of the Arts, Christine Valters Paintner takes readers on a new kind of pilgrimage: an inner journey to discover the heart of God. Eight stages of the pilgrim's way--from hearing the call to coming home--are accompanied by scripture stories of great biblical journeys and the author's unique and creative practices of prayer, writing, and photography. As she did in The Artist's Rule and Eyes of the Heart, Christine Valters Paintner once again helps readers travel to the frontiers of their souls to discover the hidden presence of God. In The Soul of a Pilgrim, Paintner identifies eight stages of the pilgrim's way and shows how to follow these steps to make an intentional, transformative journey to the reader's inner "wild edges." Each phase of the exploration requires a distinct practice such as packing lightly, being uncomfortable, or embracing the unknown. Paintner shows how to cultivate attentiveness to the divine through deep listening, patience, and opening oneself to the gifts that arise in the midst of discomfort. Each of the eight chapters offers reflections on the themes, a scripture story, an invitation to the practice of lectio divina, and a creative exploration through photography and writing.

The Artist s Rule

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 9781933495477
Release Date: 2011-07-11
Genre: Religion

Christine Valters Paintner, author of Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire, invites readers to discover and develop their creative gifts in a spirit of prayer and reflection. This twelve-week course draws on the insights and practices of Benedictine spirituality to explore the interplay between contemplation and creativity. 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.

Swinging on the Garden Gate

Author: Elizabeth J. Andrew
Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
ISBN: 1558964096
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A woman's coming-of-age journey through the rugged landscape of Wales to the reflective quiet of a retreat center. Along the way she questions and explores the depth of her Methodist faith as she comes to terms with her bisexual identity.

Illuminating the Way

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 9781933495941
Release Date: 2016-04-29
Genre: Religion

Popular author of eight books and abbess of the online retreat center Abbey of the Arts, Christine Valters Paintner explores how the lives and spirituality of twelve monks and mystics offer distinct patterns of thought that will lead you to a deeper understanding of your strengths and areas of growth and will guide you on the path to your true spiritual identity. In Illuminating the Way, Christine Valters Paintner takes you on a journey through your inner life accompanied by twelve great monks and mystics from the Christian tradition. Each figure invites you to discover the energy and potential of a particular archetype--the inner sage in Benedict; the inner visionary in Hildegard of Bingen; and the inner orphan in Dorothy Day. From the prophet Miriam of the Hebrew scriptures to twentieth century monk Thomas Merton, Paintner offers an array of challenging and enlivening models to explore. Paintner is beloved by readers for her creative practices, guided meditations, and beautiful prayers and poems, and she has included all of these elements in her new book to further explore the image associated with each mystic. Her insightful reflections on key selections of each mystic's writings will help you gain greater self-knowledge and experience a deeper encounter with God. Each chapter also includes a full-color painting of each monk or mystic by Marcy Hall with commentary by Paintner and scripture passages and mediations by Paintner's husband, John. Supplemental materials, including a CD with music, a DVD with movement prayers, and a book that includes images, poems, and music notations are available on Paintner's website

The Wisdom of the Body

Author: Walter Bradford Cannon
Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 0393002055
Release Date: 1967
Genre: Medical

Describes the relation of the autonomic system to the self-regulation of psysiological processes. Bibliogs

The Soul s Slow Ripening

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Sorin Books
ISBN: 1932057102
Release Date: 2018-09-07
Genre: Religion

Everyone wants to understand God's will for their lives. Paintner shares one of the most ancient paths to that understanding from her study of monasticism and immersion into Celtic spirituality while living in Ireland. The Celtic way, which Paintner distills into twelve practices, offers discernment that focuses on the environment rather than the intellectual focus present in other forms of discernment. It allows for what Paintner calls the "soul's slow ripening," coming into the fullness of our own sweetness before we pluck the fruit. Each chapter begins with a story of a particular Irish saint-- some well-known like Patrick or Brigid, others less so, such as Ita and Ciaran--and then introduces a helpful practice for discernment that the saint's life illustrates. Paintner explores the call of dreams, the importance of thresholds, the practice of peregrination (wandering for the love of God), walking the rounds, learning by heart, soul friends, blessing each moment, and the wisdom of the landscape and the seasons. Readers are invited to explore these concepts through photography and writing. Paintner invites us to contemplative walks with specific themes along with poetic writing prompts for expression. As you explore an alternate way of discerning a spiritual path, you'll become more aligned with creativity and wholeness.

Intuitive Dreaming

Author: Laurel Clark
Publisher: SOM Publishing
ISBN: 0944386709
Release Date: 2012-08-31
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Dreaming awakens us to the Self that transcends time and distance. Has a loved one from the "other side" ever visited you in your dreams? Have you shared dreams with other people? Had precognitive, telepathic or lucid dreams? Heard a commanding Voice? These exceptional dreams give you a taste of life beyond everyday, waking consciousness. Intuitive dreaming can bring comfort and fulfillment. It nourishes the soul. Honoring a dream is a way to pay homage to the divine. This book encourages you to explore your intuition, illustrating how dreams can open doors to the mysterious realm of subconscious and superconscious reality. Whether your dreams are spiritual or healing, inspire art, music, or poetry, or guide you to discover your calling, the dream world is magical and powerful. May you deepen your connections with people all over the world who love to dream.

Radical Wisdom

Author: Beverly Lanzetta
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 145140431X
Release Date:
Genre: Religion

Lanzetta illuminates the transformative potential of the classical tradition of women mystics, especially in light of contemporary violence against women around the world. Focusing on the contemplative process as women's journey from oppression to liberation, Lanzetta draws especially on the mysticism of Julian of Norwich and Teresa of Avila. She lays out the contemplative techniques used by mystics to achieve their highest spiritual potential and also investigates how unjust social and political conditions afflict women's souls. Lanzetta identifies a specific historical female mystical path (the via feminina) and draws contemporary conclusions for how women might understand their bodies, their rights, and their ethics.

Ink and Honey

Author: Sibyl Dana Reynolds
ISBN: 0988349000
Release Date: 2012-12
Genre: Christian fiction

Ink and Honey is the story of a sacred journey through the medieval French countryside with the sisters of Belle C ur, a community of radically independent healers, visionaries, mystics and artisans who live by their wits and their prayers. Goscelin, the dedicated scribe, records her sisterhood's stories, visions and prophecies in her community's journal while surrounded by holy madness, suspicion and the imminent threat of death at the stake. The sisters guard a life-threatening secret as they navigate spiritual terrain where faith and creative passion forge the way to labyrinths and cathedrals, hidden rooms and honey drenched hives. This book is alive with women's ancient wisdom and spiritual practices to inform our lives today."

Water Wind Earth and Fire

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Sorin Books
ISBN: 1933495227
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Religion

Organized around 'The Canticle of the Creatures' by St Francis of Assisi, this book considers the ways in which praying with the natural elements can enliven Christian spiritual life.

I Am Here

Author: Kalyn Falk
ISBN: 1530752159
Release Date: 2016-04-26

Rooted in the Christian tradition, Kalyn Falk explores body prayer through practices, reflections, spiritual memoir and questions for contemplation.