We are creative people. Why not make creativity a part of your faith practice?
That’s what spiritual director Maggie Oman Shannon has done. She recently wrote the book Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation. “Our lives themselves are the ultimate act of creativity,” she writes, “and each of our lives is as unique as our fingerprints.”
Her book focuses on the crafting for the various aspects of faith:
Crafting for Calm - Creating tabletop meditation fountains to sacred bath salts.
Crafting for Clarity - Putting together blessing baskets and visual journals.
Crafting for Comfort - Making prayer shawls and prayer cards.
Crafting for Contemplation - Building luminarias and tray sand gardens.
Crafting for Creation - Doing prayer paintings and building meaningful icons.
Crafting for Community - Making talking sticks and collage mandalas.
Crafting for Connection with Others - Creating thinking-of-you candles and prayer pillows.
Crafting for Connection with Spirit - Developing finger labyrinths and prayer pots.
The 40 projects in this book encourage us to go deeper with our faith, to explore different aspects of our faith through creativity. When we delve into the arts (even if we think we’re not artistic), we tap into a new dimension to ourselves and discover that our faith can grow in ways we never thought of.
“In the action of manifesting something physical from something ineffable, we mirror the act of Great Creating,” writes Mary Anne Radmacher in the Foreword. “We call up, wake up a practice within ourselves that is ancient, almost mystical. The book is a door through which you may walk and begin to see things differently.”
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