On Friday, I’m off to New Mexico for an adventure. I’ll visit with family in the area, then I’ll head into the wilderness mountains outside of Taos for a Women Singing in Circle retreat. I’ve no idea what I’m in for, as this will be my first experience with this particular retreat, but I’m compelled to go. The busyness of getting ready for the trip, work and other ongoing obligations, plus the two weeks I will be away, means I will take a little pause in the blog.
That doesn’t mean I’m leaving you with nothing!
Before you dive in, I’m warning you ahead of time that the following contains many hyperlinks that will send you in all sorts of directions! As a reminder, you can hold down the shift key when you click on a link, and it will open a new window, or, just use your back browser arrow.
I’ve been reading the book Ink and Honey. According to the description on Amazon, it is “…the story of a sacred journey through the medieval French countryside with the sisters of Belle Cœur, a community of radically independent healers, visionaries, mystics and artisans who live by their wits and their prayers. Goscelin, the dedicated scribe, records her sisterhood’s stories, visions and prophecies in her community’s journal while surrounded by holy madness, suspicion and the imminent threat of death at the stake.” There is a companion book, The Way of Belle Cœur: A Woman’s Vade Mecum that provides a guide to creative spiritual practices based upon Ink and Honey. An entire community of women has risen as a result of all of this. The sisterhood of Belle Coeur was founded in 2013, and their associated web site describes it as “…a Christ-centered, contemplative community that places emphasis on spiritual practices and creativity, through the Sacred Life Arts.”
I first learned about the sisters of Belle Cœur through a guest blog posted on Christine Valters Paintner’s weekly newsletter from the Abbey of the Arts. After some research, I was drawn to read the book because of my interest in calligraphy (the Ink and Honey story is told by the community’s scribe). Where this all will lead, I have no idea. After I finish Ink and Honey, I will delve into The Way of Belle Cœur. I thought about possibly forming an online group to go through it together, provided there would be enough interest.
That is all background to what I really want to leave with you. It is the Sacred Seasonal Calendar, found on the Belle Cœur site. While we are very far into 2017, I invite you to just start with August, and see where it leads. Prompts for contemplation and journaling are provided, including a scripture of focus.
I will hold you in prayer during my absence.
Many blessings to you!