August is an in-between space…summer is waning and autumn isn’t visible quite yet. I am eager for fall’s arrival. September always feels, to me, like the beginning of a new year.
I remember childhood and “back to school shopping.” It was great fun going to Woolworth’s with my supply list. A new Big Chief tablet, white paste with the little brush inside the lid, fat yellow pencils with red rubber erasers, a ruler, and of course a fresh new box of crayons. The smell of crayons and paste is a favorite sensory memory I still recall. Add to all of this a red plaid, tin lunchbox and thermos and daily menu…peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Hostess cupcake, and chicken noodle soup. How could I ever forget?
In later years, long before computers and calculators, the back to school list grew to include: a compass, protractor, 3-ring binders, dividers and “college-ruled” notebook paper, and heavy text books that were carried atop the notebook…backpacks wouldn’t arrive for decades. All of these things spoke to readying my spirit for study and learning.
The art and craft of study is a life-long experience. Study that nourishes the soul is a blessing for the spirit, regardless of age. For the women currently making an inner and outer pilgrimage to deepen their personal wisdom, Belle Coeur Spiritual Formation, is a six-month independent and mentored journey. Some will follow the path as Belle Coeur Practitioners and others will continue on their way to become Belle Coeur sisters.
The supply list for formation is minimal: An open heart and eager spirit, a journal to use as a workbook, a blank book for recording personal wisdom, and texts for nourishment along the way. Lectio Divina, art-making, journaling, prayer, and sacred practices are the tools. I’m deeply inspired to mentor these seekers of wisdom as they explore The Way of Belle Coeur, and Belle Coeur Spirituality. They are my teachers, as we are all teachers for one another.
Sacred study is a pathway leading to new possibilities and life-giving inspiration. During this season of in-between, I’m re-imagining the excitement and anticipation of the first day of school. At the threshold of “in-between,” daily life has become the most meaningful school I can imagine.
I turn to a fresh page in my journal and write…
Autumn will soon be here…I pray to continue to seek wisdom, envision new ideas and concepts, study the Holy Mysteries, and to never cease my inner and outer explorations for truth, beauty, and the sacred.
What are you seeking as autumn approaches and you await the change of seasons?
Where is your spirit leading you as summer wanes?