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Writing as a Spiritual Discipline and a Request

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“Shellseeker Pilgrimage” two paintings and various shells, Deborah Stephan (copyright)

I have written as early as – swapping little biographical quote/poetry/comment books with 8-year-old Scottish friends in the school playground.  The poem beginning: Roses are red, violets are blue, was always a favourite as well as the skipping song: On the mountain stands a lady, who she is I do not know…  Composition books at school were full of the required writing and at one point I sat with a friend on a brick wall recording all of the license plate numbers of cars passing by.  The object of the daily writing exercise was to see who could fill her notebook first.  Various ways of writing have formed me over the years.  I now know that writing has been a spiritual discipline in my life.

As I do some research for my Shellseekers Art + Soul Life Writing workshops, I find these quotes helpful:

“[Writing] allows them to reach across the boundaries of geography and time to be in intimate communion with people they will never meet… it also requires that each writing project begin and end with others…”

“The God known by this woman is a God who writes, an author whose chosen parchment is the human heart.”

“The woman writing the letter seems to say that it is in the work of expression, in the struggle to unite human and divine creativity, that understanding begins.”

“We do not do these things because we know exactly what they mean.  We do them to find out what they mean.”

“Writing might be practised as a creative, meditative, intellectual activity that might gradually change our lives.”

Stephanie Paulsell “Writing as a Spiritual Discipline” in “The Scope of our Art”

Another writing project is inspiring my activity right now and I note a further idea from the book: it is not just that we write alone that is important but the work we do together.  I am wondering if you will join me in my “Pilgrimage Project,” the written part for an art exhibition I hope to hold in the spring by sending me a message in the comments section.  I am collecting examples of the main places where people have lived in their lives e.g. for me it has been – N.B, Scotland, Ontario, and B.C.  This is your chance to be part of an art project!

Please comment below with your ‘main places lived,’ so my writing can begin and end with you:


Glazed Ceramic Wall Plaque 8” x 4”

“Codex I” DS

Pink, Yellow, Brown Glazed and Incised Ceramic

8” x 4”

(aka ancient blog)

The codex was an ancient notebook used to record the ephemera of daily life. Eventually they became lavish in the Irish monastic community (Book of Kells). The codex was used as the symbol for a poet.

(taken from “The Gospels for all Christians” Richard Bauckham)

Q: Why do I blog?

A: I blog to express ideas, thoughts and feelings about what takes my attention.

These things are not necessarily things that my F2F friends would be interested in or I am unable to meet with them at the moment or want to discuss other things F2F.

When I practice the daily (weekly) St. Ignatius Examen, creating a blog post is always in the ‘life-giving’ column.

I blog to give back to the world some of what has been so generously gifted to me.

Blogging creates a record, however public or private, read or unread it might be. This unknown inspires me: the possibility of readership.

I probably blog for the same reason I paint: because it is in me and it comes out. It is that simple – and that complex.