Creativity is a Spiritual Practice

A spiritual practice or spiritual discipline (often including spiritual exercises) is the regular or full time performance of actions and activities undertaken for the purpose of inducing spiritual experiences and cultivating spiritual development. - Wikipedia

For me, Sunday mornings are used for reflection and meditation. I often retreat to my backyard. It's a haven for me. Our yard is filled with tall trees, perfect places for the birds to nest and sing. Even inside my kitchen through the screen door I can hear the sounds of nature. And looking out the kitchen window, I can see the waterfall coming off the pond. Water cascading downward sending ripples through out, only to repeat the process time and time again.

I often walk around the yard admiring the beauty around me. Beauty to be found in the simplest of things. My rose bushes, the three ponds, and the birds congregated at the feeders all bring a smile to my face. These things make me happy. And in turn, connect me with the divine. It's in these moments, camera in hand my passion of nature photography takes over.

I crave this kind of intimacy. I deeply miss attending church services, but for right now, this is the season in my life. (In case you missed my post about what's going on in my life, you can catch up here).

life update

Phillipians 4:8 says - "And now brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

I hope you too will cultivate happiness and gratitude in the everyday. The mundane. The simple and the ordinary. And in focusing your thoughts and seeing the beauty in the present moment, you too will become connected with the universe and in turn the divine.

Welcome to Sunday morning.

And just "be"

In warmth,


Debbie said…
Anna, your backyard sounds so lovely. I start my mornings out on our back screened in porch when the weather allows. Even now, with it chilly and raining, I am out here with my coffee while my crazy cat sprints around. It gives me a chance to contemplate everything and spend some quiet time with God. It is Sunday morning here as I write this and today I am so thankful for the rains that are giving my garden a very deep watering. Our fruit trees really needed it, as did our blueberry bushes. I'm waiting for our hanai (adopted by love) son Lee to come by with his beautiful girlfriend (whom I really pray will become his wife one day) to pick up some banana bread I baked him since he was home this weekend for his sister's high school graduation. Later today my son Jaysn and our Rachel are dropping baby Steven off with us while they go to a movie and then they will come back for dinner and to visit with my friend Ronnie, who has been like a second mom to my boys while she is in town for a visit. Life is good!

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