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Dreaming of Stones: Poems

Dreaming of Stones: Poems
The title of this book of poems comes from a poem the author wrote inspired by St Ita, one of the Irish women saints who, according to a story about her, said she received three sontes in a dream.
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ISBN/EAN: 9781640601086
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Publisher: Paraclete Press
Author: Christine Valters Paintner
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Three is a sacred number in the Celtic imagination, moving us past duality into a place of integration, much like poetry can. Naming the essential 'three things' of one's life is a common trope in desert and Celtic traditions. Poetry is language carved down to its essential, heightened by rhythm and music. This book also refers to the author's relationship with the landscape in Ireland where she has lived for the pastsix years. This book is divided into six sections, and explores 'hours' - the gift of the monastic view of time's daily unfolding; 'Possibilities' celebrates the way a poem can crack open a new vision and understanding. 'Wild Places' explores the solace and gift of nature. 'Love' explores the way of intimacy with the world. And 'Monks and Mystics' takes its cue from significant wisdom figures in the Hebrew and Christian traditions. Many of them come from the Irish monks. The poems in Dreaming of Stones are about what endures: hope and desire, changing seasons, wild places, love, and the wisdom of mystics. Inspired by the poet's time living in Ireland these readings invite you into deeper ways of seeing the world. They have an incantational quality. Drawing on her commitment as a Benedictine oblate, the poems arise out of a practice of sitting in silence and lectio divina, in which life becomes the holy text. No stranger to poetry, Paintner's bestselling spirituality titles have often included poems. In this first exclusively poetic collection, she writes with a contemplative heart about kinship with nature, ancestral connections, intimacy, the landscape, the unfolding nature of time, and Christian mystics. It can be read for reflection to spark the heart and to offer solace and inspiration in difficult times. Breath This breathing in is a miracle, this breathing out, release, this breathing in a welcome to the unseen gifts which sustain me each moment, this breathing out a sweet sigh, a bow to my mortality, this breathing in a holy yes to life, this breathing out a sacred no to all that causes me to clench and grasp, this breathing in is a revelation, this breathing out, freedom.
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