Daily Grat: Karen Blessen

Tonight, Northaven hosted graphic artist, Karen Blessen as a part of the Second Monday series. Karen is the only graphic artist to ever be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. But one of the things that distinguishes her art is how it is connected to her sense of spirituality.

She talked to the group about “passage meditation,” a kind of meditation where one meditates deeply on a specific “passage” of scripture, literature, art, etc. The idea is to take it in, over the days or repetition, and to allow the passage to speak to you.

But the exercise she gave us that stayed with me had to do with writing with the opposite hand. I first read about this years ago, but it’s been a while since I’ve given it any thought. The theory goes that when we write with our opposite hand, sometimes our usual censor and guard is drawn down, and we can receive creative messages that push our boundaries.

So, I’ve been doing some opposite-hand writing this week. Don’t have anything yet to share with everybody, but it’s a great exercise.

So, today I am grateful for Karen Blessen.

(During this year, my goal is to find something new to be thankful for every single day, and to add that thanksgiving as a blog entry, under the title “My Daily Gratitude.” I started this kick back around Thanksgiving, and it’s already resulted in a favorite new song of mine. The goal of this ongoing spiritual exercise is to see if doing such a thing might inspire even more gratitude within me, and to foster general awareness of life on a deeper level.)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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