How do I get close to God?

“How do I get close to God?” A friend recently asked me this question, and I would like to share a bit of my answer to her. “It is about prayer and meditation”, I told her. Ok…now how do I pray and meditate? I would like to give you an example of one way that Hildegard prayed and meditated and give you some guidelines on ways to incorporate her experience into your daily life.

Let’s start with an excerpt from the appendix of Matthew Fox’s latest book Hildegard of Bingen, A Saint For Our Times(pages 133/134): “Matthew Fox book jacketHildegard, like all Benedictine monks and sisters, chanted the psalms daily. The psalms of course are the wisdom poetry of Israel, and they therefore fed the heart of Jesus. I don’t recommend rushing through the psalms or saying certain prayers each day to complete a form in a prayer book. I recommend instead sitting with just one psalm at a time, reading it slowly-preferably out loud- and stop wherever or whenever your heart is touched. Don’t keep going. The purpose is not to get to the end. The purpose is to dwell on the insight, the word, the phrase, the image that stops you in your tracks. Dwell with it. Don’t move on. Be with the word or phrase or words. Let what has stopped you work its power on you.”

I have worked very deeply with Psalm 91. As I connected with the words of this psalm, I received a melody. David Sharp (my husband) created an arrangement for me to sing with and record. We then created movement to accompany the song. JGA_DS_tap_photoThose of you who saw my performance piece Feathers On The Breath Of God, witnessed me putting some of this journey on the stage at the Nomad in the summer of 2011. For those of you who find this process inspiring and didn’t get to see me do it live, I suggest you purchase the CD or even better the DVD of the movie of Feathers (both available on my website) and really see what can happen when we pray a psalm. It has worked wonders for Hildegard and me, and it will work wonders for you!

In Viriditas!

Welcome to my Viriditas blog!

Welcome to my first blog post on my newly redesigned website! Through this blog it is my intention to share with you the Wisdom, Strength and Love that I receive from Hildegard of Bingen as she inspires me to manifest my most powerful and creative Self. I hope you will find inspiration and motivation from reading my postings. I hope you will dive into Viriditas yourself.

If you are new to Hildegard, please take some time to experience my website. Read about Hildegard’s life (Hildegard Tells Her Story), discover how Hildegard called me to create and how tap dancing became part of my spiritual life. Learn about the amazing people that are part of the Viriditas Creativity Team. Each page has a song that you can listen to, and I encourage you to enjoy the music of Viriditas. View the images of the Traveling Hildegard Exhibit: A Journey Through The Senses. Soak in the Beauty.

Join me for one of my offerings! I would love to connect with you whether at the Evenings of Transformation, at a performance of Feathers On The Breath Of God or even on a pilgrimage to Hildegard’s Homeland along the Rhine River.

Hildegard says:

                           “Humanity is small in stature,
                           but powerful in strength of soul.
                           With head directed upward,
                           with feet on firm ground,
                           humanity can set all things in motion,
                                     things above as well as
                                     things below.”

I welcome your questions and feedback. May we create community here in our connection to Viriditas. Let’s set all things in motion together!

In Viriditas!