Art is Spiritual

In a sense, all art is spiritual art.  A child drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, finger-painting, or making simple shapes with play dough can all be considered spiritual because it is created in play which is the spirit of a child.  A simple painting of a daisy can uplift a spirit, so it is spiritual art.

What does spiritual art mean to me?

A few years ago I took a class on meditative prayer.  The teacher announced near the beginning of the class that we would start off simple and easy – only sitting still to pray for 5 minutes.  My mind panicked and inside I screamed FIVE MINUTES?!?  How am I supposed to sit still for that long?  I knew silent, still prayer was not for me!

I’m fidgety, easily distracted, and have an insatiable thirst for learning new ways to do art.  I am beside myself with excitement and joy when a piece of art turns out well.  I enjoy bringing something bright to their world that adds to their life.

Art is a spiritual experience for me.  I feel closer to God and the universe while I’m creating something new.  My moments of prayer result in “an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace”.  Now that’s something to scream about (in a good way)!

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