Jun 16, 2020Art As Meditation

Art As Meditation

Kim Snodgrass One-minute read.   Resources
The Good Samaritan – Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City. Image Credit: The Rt. Rev. Martin S. Field

an ancient practice known to work wonders on the human body, mind, and emotions. It can lower your heart rate, reduce your stress and energize your spirit. Millions from around the world incorporate it into their daily lives. It’s meditation.

Can we paint our way to peace and awareness? Maybe so. It is not about skill or a frameable finished product; it is all about the process.

A beauty found through art as meditation is that it can take many forms and be done anywhere. I recently ran across this simple and informative “how-to” article written for Art Times in 2006. There is no room for judgment, only paint and time to “purposefully stop our busy lives and just be with our own self.”

The process works even when you’re not the one holding the brush. With museums and libraries categorized as “low risk” activities, praying through pieces of art helps open our eyes and heart to consider how the invisible God is present to us in the visible work of art.

Kim Snodgrass is Assistant to the Bishop for Christian Formation.

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