Creativity As A Spiritual Response

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July = Story

In a digital age, it seems that more people are sharing stories than ever previously.  However, our times around the hearth or the campfire are limited, and also limited are  those stories told around the kitchen table.  Our ability to attend to story may be limited as well, not because our attention span is necessarily shorter, but because there are more and more stories attempting simultaneously to capture our attention.  To whom do we choose to listen?  What are they saying?  To whom do we tell our stories?   How do we value story?  What differences do these stories or the lack of them have on our understanding of community and culture?

Creativity As A Spiritual Response

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July = Stories

Welcome to the month of July.

In the United States,  July is most often a month in which there are vacations, the weather is generally warm, if not hot, and there are gatherings, small and large ones around tables of food, music and even campfires.  It is a time to tell stories.  However, it would be an overstatement to say that all people in the United States have had, or will have, experiences of tables of food, music and campfires.  However, each of us has a story.

I imagine that for readers in the Southern Hemisphere who may be encountering wintry weather rather than summer heat.  The winter may also be a time to tell stories.  What stories will you tell?

  • What are stories?
  • Why are they important?
  • What stories do you tell?
  • What stories do you carry?
  • What stories were you told as a child?  Who told them?
  • What stories have you had to piece together from fragments of family history?
  • Where are you in the circle of listeners?
  • Where are you in the circle of story tellers?

After the month of June and its focus upon keeping a journal, we now will spend an entire month of looking at stories.  Please use your journal to record any stories that emerge as you reflect on this topic.  I also welcome your comments to any of these posts.

I personally believe that stories are at the core of our expressions of creativity in any form, as well as our spirituality.  They are also at the core of who we are individually as well as culturally.

I also believe that our stories are endangered, and therefore precious. Many of us don’t tell our own stories, and don’t expect to do so.  And, we don’t know well the stories of others.

It is true that I do not know your stories, but I trust that you have them, many of them.  While I can’t hear them all, I can affirm the importance of story, of your story and encourage you to find others who will listen, for you to collect the stories of your family and culture and share them, and for you to write them down.

Let’s explore this important topic together.

Welcome to the circle!