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Spiritual Practices: Contemplative Arts

resources to support contemplative beginners and adepts, including individuals, families, small groups and congregational practices


Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal:  Paintner, Christine Valters, Yingst, Kreg: 9781932057270: Books                    Creating a Life with God, Revised Edition     Picture     Face to the Rising Sun     God and Wonder     The How     The Just Kitchen     Leaning toward Light     Living Revision     BL_TheMotherArtist_Cover_9781506488707c          Story Quilts: Appalachian Women Speak Trade Book (Hardcover)          BL_ThrivingOnARiff_Cover_9781506497600c     What Would Jesus See: Ways of Looking at a Disorienting World     


In the prayer dance digital collection - Birthing the Holy: Dancing with Mary and the Sacred Feminine - the dances accompany Christine Valters Paintner’s book Birthing the Holy, its companion album, and Prayer Cycle.




Dancing MindfulnessMindfulness is the practice of noticing without judgment. Whether it is used as a gateway to higher spiritual growth or as a path to more balanced living, the applications of mindfulness are various…as are the ways to achieve it. Dancing Mindfulness uses the art form of dance as the primary medium of discovering mindful awareness. Dancing through seven primary areas of mindfulness in motion: breath, sound, body, story, mind, spirit, and fusion (of all elements), with a respect to the attitudes of mindfulness, participants tap into their body’s own healing resources and realize that we all have a unique creativity just waiting to be cultivated!  Explore the website to learn more about the impact of Dancing Mindfulness!

Art House AmericaArt House America Blog Archive includes hundreds of essays, poetry and interviews curated to promote a seamless life of Christian discipleship and imaginative living, the worth and necessity of all vocations, and the promotion of people and earth care through “the artful, faithful life”.

Well-Fed Spirit offers Spiritual Practices, The Arts as Spiritual Practice, and Wellness Resources, including an extensive offering of contemplative photography, including labyrinths.


Creativity as Spiritual Practice 

by: Karla M. Kincannon



Visio Divina

Monk in the World Guest Post: Kate Kennington Steer - Contemplative Photography

Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) faculty member Barbara Homes and co-host Donny Bryant bring you The Cosmic We, a new podcast exploring our shared cosmic origins though a cultural lens that fuses science, mysticism, spirituality, and the creative arts.

Matthew Fox and Richard Rohr spent fulls weeks reflecting on Contemplative Arts, Fox with many responses to the work of Jennifer Hereth (and others); Rohr with wisdom from numerous contributors in Finding God in the Arts.

Online Groups/Opportunities

Contemplative Writing

with Judith Favor


Spirituality & Practice offers this year-long contemplative writing and listening opportunity, facilitated by Judith Favor, a seasoned spiritual guide in a self-led e-course format. Choose the start date and frequency of receiving the 52 emails, which contain a focus word, reflections, and writing prompts, as well as guidelines for varied forms of writing, including dialogues, laments, and psalms.

Learn more here.

Contemplative Art Practices

The word "Advent" spelled in scrabble letters with greens in background.Gathering to Write: An Intergenerational Advent Practice

By Lauren Graeber (she/her/hers) on Sep 26, 2022 12:00 pm

Writing is a way of paying close attention to our lives. Finding just the right words to describe our thoughts, emotions, and experiences can be an act of holy gratitude and a way of opening ourselves to God’s ongoing work within us. When we write alongside others and share some of the words we’ve found, we build trust and community among ourselves.

Gathering to Write can be adapted to any text and any time of the year. This is a beautiful multigenerational contemplative practice for any season.

Download the full Gathering to Write PDF here.


Image of multiple books, a notebook, and a pen spread across a flat surface.Krista Tippett embraces - and encourages - Contemplative Reading and Writing in The Pause, September 17, 2022

Graffiti of Lament: An Activity for Finding Hope in Art

How can we invite all generations to come together and engage honestly in conversations regarding loss and grief? How can ministry leaders assist people of all ages to engage in lament as an act of worship rooted in Christian hope? Here is a short activity that can be adapted for any group, or for individuals, as we learn to bring our lament honestly, openly to God and to one another.

May be an illustration Art Therapy Spot shared this beautiful 'rooting' contemplative practice - perfect for tumultuous climate times (whether  the tumult is social, political, or climate-based)

Find other contemplative and healing arts posts at the Art Therapy Spot website here.

Wonder Awaits!

Stories to Inspire Imaginations

Building Faith

Building Faith offers numerous articles on creative approaches to prayer. See especially:

A Simple Practice for Using Prayer Beads with resources for making sets.






Worry Eaters help children express anxieties and set them aside.





Prayer bottles help families connect with each other and connect with God.





Graffiti of LamentAn Activity for Finding Hope in Art





A Finger Labyrinth Project for All Ages

In Our Library - Coloring, Mandalas, & Zentangles

               Coloring the Silence          count-your-blessings-cover               9781585920617: Peace Mandala Coloring BookMACBETH, SYBIL Pray And Color: a Coloring Book And Guide To Prayer by Sybil Macbeth     Pray for Others in Color     Praying In Color: Drawing a New Path to God--Portable Edition (Active Prayer  Series): MacBeth, Sybil: 9781612613536: Books     Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God                    Zentangle Untangled by Kass Hall

In Our Library - Food/Cooking

Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God, By J. Brent Bill and Beth A. Booram     Blessed Be Our Table     Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes Cover Image     9780664253837: Breaking Bread: The Spiritual Significance of Food                    Food for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating          Paperback The Sacred Foodways of Film Book          Sharing Food: Christian Practices for Enjoyment     

In Our Library - Journaling/Writing

A Book of Blessings     drops-like-stars                         Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen  -     By: Rachel Hackenberg     

In Our Library - Knit, Crochet, Beads

                         Paperback The Prayer Shawl Journal & Guidebook: Inspiration Plus Knit and Crochet Basics Book     PSC          

In Our Library - Multimedia

                              Front Cover                    Crafting the Resistance: 35 Projects for Craftivists, Protestors, and Women  Who Persist: 9781510731387: Neel, Lara, Marano, Heather: Books -                    drops-like-stars          Fly Fishing -The Sacred Art: Casting a Fly as a Spiritual Practice  -     By: Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer, Rev. Michael Attas     Holy Spokes : The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels          9780806645506: Image and Spirit: Finding Meaning in Visual Art     9780829809718: Imaging the Word: An Arts and Lectionary Resource, Vol. 1     9780829810332: Imaging the Word: An Arts and Lectionary Resource, Volume 2     Paperback Imaging the Word: An Arts and Lectionary Resource Book     Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church (Second Edition)     In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre - "Puppet Cookbook - Recipes  for Puppets" from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre. Edited by  Christopher Griffith,          Making Crosses Book cover                         Cover Image

In Our Library - Music

Harc, Ana Hernandez, Ruth Cunningham - Blessed By Light - Music                         p1Songbook###     Songs and Prayers from Taizé     Taizé: Songs for Prayer - Assembly edition     Taizé: Songs for Prayer - Instrument edition