I’m a lover of summer and I am sad when I when the green chlorophyll fades revealing the red, yellows, golds and orange of autumn leaves . Yet I am awed; Autumn offers a colourful energy.
As I thought about a theme for a fall Prayer Bench Email retreat the colours of energy seemed to offer evocative possibility.
Energy. And then I discovered there are as many ways to address this theme as there are, well… Leaves on a tree.
You can see by the word map I made that I could have gone is so many directions. I invited photographers to send me pictures they felt expressed something of the colours of energy. Their interpretations helped me settle on these explorations.
Music as energy for life.
Art as an creative energy.
And Healing Energy.
I invited musician and therapist Dana Pardy, Celtic artist David Brewer, and healing pathway practitioner Karen MacLeod-Wilkie to join me in offering their experience.
And our fourth retreat is one I write exploring Acedia and its remedies. Acedia is a word that comes from monastic tradition, and understanding it offers much hope in the midst of soul weariness we sometimes experience.
“We are here on earth a little while to learn to bear the beams of love.” – William Blake
I believe reading, reflecting and trying out some of the suggested spiritual practices in these retreats will help us learn to welcome the divine energy flowing into our lives and from us to those around us.