Everyday Spiritual Practice

Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life
Editor: Scott W. Alexander
Publisher: Skinner House
Publication Date: 1/1/99
Reverend Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn wrote the final chapter in this book about which says: My chapter “Art” explores my personal use of art as a spiritual practice, a physical way to express inner challenges for which I may not always have words.


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Excerpted from Rev. Meg Roberts Sermon Sunday, June 8, 2008 at the
Unitarian Church of Calgary -- In The Living Tradition Series: “Creativity and the Arts”

The Unitarian book,Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life, includes a section on“Engaging the Soul: Creativity.” People write about various spiritual practices they use: quilting, meditation through needlepoint, gardening, cooking, visual art. All of these are ways in which people have regularly engaged, intentionally seeing these as ways to experience greater depth in their lives. Laurie Bushbaum says this: “Art is not so much what we make, but how we relate to the world. Not a noun, but a verb. This puts art back in a position to be claimed by the many. Quilting has been a way for me to use a particular discipline as a means of discovering that it isnot the art creation itself that matters so much but what the process of creation teaches.”

Julie-Ann Silberman writes, “When I studied ceramics in college, I learned that I could not center clay with my eyes open. Instead, I had to feel the center. Similarly, art as a spiritual discipline is the chosen need to find center. While finding true center may not be as vital to working with paint or pastels as it is working with clay, finding center in an emotional sense is vital to the quality, depth, and meaning of your work, whatever the medium…. We must remember that creativity is about the experience, not the outcome, especially when it is being used as a spiritual discipline. Creativity is about the experience, the identifying and releasing of feelings and core responses to the world around us.”