Spirituality

Retirement has presented an opportunity to spend more time exploring the spiritual side of life.  Bible study sessions and a centering prayer group at St. James's Anglican Church in Orillia have helped to focus my investigation.  I have adapted the principles of lectio divina so that my daily three-mile walks around Lagoon City or the Moody River Estates have become occasions for extended meditation.

John Cage said that the most beautiful music is all around us in the sounds of nature if we only have ears to hear them.  Cage encourages us to listen to surrounding sounds aesthetically.  Similarly a photographer, by putting a frame around a scene, encourages us to look at that segment of reality artistically.  But it requires an aesthetic act first on the part of the photographer and then on the part of the viewer.

God is in everything, we are told, but unless we embrace that truth consciously, God’s presence is like unheard music or unseen art.  The act of meditation, and a meditative attitude in, say, walking or cycling, puts a spiritual “frame” around our reality so that we absorb it through a different lens.

A number of years ago I compiled a series of photographic essays, "Pathways to God," "Pathways to Joy," "Songs of Thanksgiving," "A Selection of Psalms," and "Pathways to Peace," the last of which I offer here.