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Poetry as a Spiritual Practice

By on Feb 10, 2015 in poetry, spirituality

“…All that speaks to some sort of belief in, or at least longing for, more than the material. So that’s one thing. It’s axiomatic, too, to say that the arts historically split off from their religious function. But it seems to me that art has always trafficked in the spiritual. It may confirm the doctrine of some religion or may transgress it, but it is interested in ultimate reality, in the sacred. Anyone who deeply practices an art form connects with that. From the outside, though, art has been secularized, commodified, trivialized. I experience the writing of poetry as a spiritual practice, and I bet any other poet would say a version of the same thing, even if he or she didn’t use the word ‘spiritual.’ ” Kim Addonizio, interviewed by Tod Marshall in Range of the Possible This image available in my store....

Something Larger

By on Aug 19, 2014 in art, collage, spirituality

Another one of the new prints now up in my Etsy shop. Today I’m grateful for the many ocean sunsets I’ve seen this summer and I’m contemplating the meaning of the Ace of Cups in the tarot – a sign for new and fulfilling beginnings. I’m really fascinated with various methods of divination, and especially the tarot right now. Maybe we can’t predict or control the future for all its mutability, but we can learn to read the energies and tendencies present in ourselves and in situations. Something larger certainly connects us all and makes the currents move and life flow and keep flowing, whatever you want to call it. God, or something else. The main text in this piece, like the collage I posted yesterday, was extracted from some writing I did in Santa Fe, before I moved here. The original writing was about love and it actually had some (artistically)...

Love Everything

By on Aug 18, 2014 in art, collage, poetry, spirituality, writing

I’ve just posted a big group of new collages in my Etsy shop. I’ve made them available as prints in two sizes. These collages were made since moving back to Los Angeles but they contain pieces of the lives I’ve lived in other places before getting here.  They feel like a summation of something unspoken for me. They feel like the summation of something good, even though it hasn’t been easy getting here. This one contains a fragment of text from some writing I did in Santa Fe – a fictional love story that I was never able to bring to a satisfying conclusion. I’ve been thinking about love a lot, and the love story. Recently I saw The Fault in Our Stars, the movie adaptation of a book about the love story of a 16 year old cancer patient and a 17 year old amputee. I cried and cried while watching this movie. Not just because of the death bits but also...

At Last

By on Apr 2, 2014 in art, los angeles, spirituality

So, I’ve been back in L.A. now for about four years. Every year since I got here I’ve been hoping for the California poppies in Antelope Valley to do their thing. As in explode into a grand profusion of orange for as far as the eye can see. And every year the time comes – which is about now – and boo, no poppies, basically due to a lack of rain in this area. Well shiver me timbers. I just did my annual check-in and there might actually be blooms this year! Fingers crossed, fingers crossed, fingers crossed. Also today, while working on some collages this morning, opened up to this randomly, by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus: “For nothing is so productive of elevation of mind as to be able to examine methodically and truly every object which is presented to thee in life, and always to look at things so as to see at the same time what kind of universe this is, and...

The First Step

By on Feb 25, 2014 in Authenticity, callings, spirituality

The first step, detachment or withdrawal, consists in a radical transfer of emphasis from the external to the internal world, macro- to microcosm, a retreat from the desperations of the waste land to the peace of the everlasting realm that is within.

Joseph Campbell, Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

Sunrise

By on Jan 30, 2014 in art, los angeles, spirituality

As part of my (art) practice I’ve been taking pictures of the sunrise while on the road in L.A. I’m not up that often and going someplace at sunrise, but when I am I really look forward to it. Here’s one that I took a few weeks ago in San Pedro.  I know that sunrise/sunset is such a bad cliche on some level – but I love this light so much I keep trying to capture it, mostly for the joy it brings me. Plus it’s part of my ongoing thing to try to see beauty here, where I am, now.

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