Thursday, January 20, 2011

Gazing as Prayer

Gazing at icons and the created world, seeing others and being seen through the eyes of Christ are all forms of prayer. Praying by gaze can be practiced in community as in the Eastern Orthodox tradition where icons fill churches and are part of the liturgy. We can also pray alone in front of a painting or by gazing at the created world in the midst of our busy lives. Gazing helps us attend to the holy that surrounds us in art, nature, and other people. Like other methods of prayer, gazing brings us into a deeper and more intimate relationship with God and opens the possibility of union with our Maker, the ultimate goal of the Christian spiritual life.
-- Jane Vennard

Thanks to Ellie at the Anchorhold.

1 comment:

Terri said...

I can appreciate "gazing-prayer" - one reason why I like mountains, I think...