Imagination

Adapting an idea from Erica Bauermeister, “The problem with imagination is that while we like to think of it like a bird, flying free across an infinite sky, the reality is that it will always be tethered to the branch of what we already know.”

Where is your imagination tethered?

Prayer

“Prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises, and find hope for yourself.” ~ Henri Nouwen

How do you live prayer?

Adventure

What bends our heart toward adventure? Is the ground already shaking and we balance with slightly bended knees? Do our memories nudge us forward or our desires pull us into journeys? What draws us toward that first step?

Stay

“Wait with your hands open
to receive what could never come
except to what is empty
and hollow.” ~ Jan Richardson

What are your hollow spaces?

Bringing light

Evelyn Woodward speaks of the poet’s voice (or artist I would add) as “bringing the light of what is best in our history to bear on our struggles in the present and pointing to the unknown future with hope.”

What light from history do you bring to the hope going forward?

Journeying

Spend some time gazing at the image. What draws your eyes? What waters are you navigating? What journey does it invite you to take? What feelings or emotions does it evoke in you?