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.

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.

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.

Sophia Rising

Author: Monette Chilson
ISBN: 1936474220
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Health & Fitness

Sophia is the incarnation of wisdom, personified eloquently by the writer of the Wisdom of Solomon. Some see Sophia as a deity in her own right; others see her as representing the Bride of Christ (Revelation 19), others as a feminine aspect of God representing wisdom (Proverbs 8 and 9), and still others as a theological concept regarding the wisdom of God. Author and yogini Monette Chilson invites readers to revel in the mystery that surrounds her as they learn how to use yoga to access the divine within. Yoga and meditation practices allow us to begin to hear Sophia's voice.

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.

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.

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 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

Embracing the Uncertain Large Print

Author: Magrey deVega
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781501840593
Release Date: 2017-12-19
Genre: Religion

Just turning on the news lets us know we are living in uncertain times. Economic instabilities, eruptions of violence, and natural catastrophes can alter the lives and landscapes of entire communities. Our individual lives are often just as unsteady: relationships can break, plans can falter, and confidence can fail. Uncertainty can definitely be uncomfortable. Many of us prefer stability and a predictable future to an unknown fate. We are wired to want to control our destiny. The reality is that in our fast-changing, unpredictable world there are few guarantees in life. It's those who are willing to embrace uncertainty and make the risky decision to follow Jesus despite the many "unknowns" who will reap the greatest rewards. Embracing the Uncertain invites readers this Lent to engage and wrestle with life’s uncertainties, not ignore them. The first six chapters focus on six post-Transfiguration, pre-Passion stories in the Gospels. Each of these stories are signposts in the gospel narrative, pointing down at a world filled with uncertainty, but pointing us forward to a cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, hope, and obedience. Includes discussion questions that can be used in small-group Bible study session or for personal growth.

Imagine That

Author: Marlene Halpin
Publisher: William C Brown Pub
ISBN: 0697018121
Release Date: 1982-01-01
Genre: Religion

The Alphabet Prayer

Author: Linda Seger
Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing
ISBN: 194255785X
Release Date: 2016-12-01
Genre: Religion

This book has twenty-six prayers and reflections based on the alphabet to memorize and guide you. Each illustrated prayer focuses on the different names and qualities of God.

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.

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.

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.