Day 2 – My relationship with Prayer

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For day 2 of 21 days of courageous creativity I’ve chosen the prompt prayer.

My relationship with prayer started young

I have an interesting relationship with prayer. Being raised Catholic, I found many aspects of the prayers, songs and rituals that were wonderful and magical. I lost sight of these aspects on my own spiritual journey as I moved away from Catholicism for a variety of reasons.

What is prayer?

I have found myself recently reimagining what prayer looks like in my life. I no longer kneel in a church or gather in a religious community. Yet I am more attuned to my relationship to the Divine at this stage of my life than I have ever been and while I wouldn’t say that I pray in a traditional way, I am present to moments that feel like prayer:

  • the light shining on the ocean at sunset
  • dewdrops on a rose petal in early morning
  • a beautiful poem or turn of phrase in a book I am reading
  • a deepening of my connection to spirit in my own writing or art-making
  • a joyful remembering of a favorite face
  • a wishful thought or kindness sent through the magical realms to a friend

To me prayer feels like silence, connection, awe at the beauty of the world we live in.

Creating collage is a prayerful practice

As I reflect on today’s prompt and collage, I realize that prayer is a central facet of my life that is most often expressed through writing and intuitive art-making as well as being in nature.

I’m curious how prayer shows up in your life?

I am on a 21 Day journey through art and journaling to more Courageous Creativity. I am combining collage and writing to discover more about myself and to fall more in love with myself a little bit every day. If you want to join me on this creative journey, you can sign up here to get all the details.

And if you are curious to see yesterday’s post on why we need to celebrate, you can find it here.

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4 Comments

  1. Katrina van Oudheusden on February 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    As I’ve learned over the years there are no coincidences. I’ve just gotten back into prayer and understanding what it is for me. And the book that I’m currently reading is “I heard God Laugh” which is about finding your way back to prayer. Thank you for this beautiful post and I look forward to following you along on your journey.

    • minette on February 2, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you Katrina for that lovely reflection. I am going to go check out the book. Delighted to be on this journey through UBC together.

  2. Suzanne on February 2, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    lovely. I feel we are creative beings – we just ARE – and every moment is a type of prayer as we create, express and manifest in our world.

    • minette on February 3, 2021 at 8:27 am

      Thank you Suzanne for that beautiful sentiment, so well said!

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