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Mandalas (Part 2)

Suggestions for Prayer:

· There are a variety of mandala coloring books available. Purchase one and use it as an active meditation, letting the colors you use be guided by your prayer.  Or draw a circle using a compass or trace a round object onto a piece of paper and create your own mandala image in response to prayer.

· Consider the places where you find mandalas in your own life.  Go for a contemplative walk and be alert to circles and where they show up.

· Contemplate the impact of the liturgical cycles in your life.  How does the return again and again to sacred stories invite you to live more deeply into their meaning?

Read the first part of this 2-part article here.

Christine Valters Paintner, Ph.D. is a Benedictine Oblate and the founder and director of Abbey of the Arts, a non-profit ministry integrating contemplative practice with the expressive arts.  She teaches at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry and also works as a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, writer, and artist. She is the co-author of Lectio Divina: Contemplative Awakening and Awareness from Paulist Press. Visit her website www.AbbeyoftheArts.com.

9/22/2009 4:00:00 AM
Christine Valters Paintner
About Christine Valters Paintner
Christine Valters Paintner, Ph.D., is a Benedictine Oblate and the online Abbess ofAbbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery without walls offering online classes in contemplative practice and creative expression and pilgrimages to Ireland, Germany, and Austria. She is the author of eight books on monasticism and creativity including The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom (Ave Maria Press) and her forthcoming book The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Inner Journey (Spring 2015, Ave Maria Press). Christine lives as a monk in the world in Galway, Ireland with her husband of twenty years.