My experience practicing lectio divina, “sacred reading”, was actually the inspiration for this blog. It is an ancient practice for engaging a sacred text. Traditionally, one applies this method to a passage of scripture, a poem, a word of wisdom–any text you find bears sacred, set-apart significance. I believe this form of contemplation can be applied not only to texts, but the images you find listed under “Visio Divina”, for these, too, are sacred inspirations. They are the divine word made visible.
Lectio divina consists of four primary movements. As Christine Valters Painter describes in her book The Artist’s Rule (pp. 18-19) these include:
1. Read (lectio): read and listen for a word or phrase which calls us in this moment.
2. Reflect (meditatio): savor the word and allow it to unfold within you.
3. Respond (oratio): listen for the invitation.
4. Rest (contemplatio): rest in stillness.
I invite you to set aside some time apply this practice of contemplation with the poetry and other sacred texts and images you find in this section of the blog.