Christine Valters Paintner is a Benedictine oblate and the online abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a monastery without walls offering classes and resources to nurture contemplative practice and creative expression.
When we live simply,
we relinquish expectations for how things will or should be,
and remain present to the way things really are.
We bring a contemplative presence to the world,
compassionate and curious about what we might discover.
Simplicity opens wide the doors for a process of letting go,
allowing us to be fully present to the graces given us in this precise moment.
- Christine Valters Paintner, The Artist's Rule -