Give Us This Day: A (Prayer) Book of Hours (October Course)

A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE FOR YOUR PACE, IN YOUR SPACE

AN ONLINE VIDEO COURSE WITH THREE ZOOM CALLS TO SUPPORT YOUR PROCESS


Opens Sunday, October 10th
(Participants Held in a Loving Container of Support Through November 17th)

Zoom Calls at 11AM (Eastern Time Zone) on these dates:

Wednesday, October 13th: A Welcome Gathering

Wednesday, October 27th: An Open Space to Create Together

Wednesday, November 17th: A Celebration Gathering


Do you hear?
The rooster crows,
“Wake up, sleepyhead!
A new day is dawning.
Let’s rise and shine.”

Take off the blinders, stretch into the day,
walk at a slow pace with eyes
open to sacred abundance,
notice common threads of life buzzing,
a touch of the Divine within and around.

Come, sit as the fingers of the sun reach for you.
Hear the call of ever-present love,
rejoice in the mundane.
Unravel your creative cords —
Let’s see what discoveries can be made.

Here. Now. This Day.


GIVE US THIS DAY: CREATE A (PRAYER) BOOK OF HOURS

I love a good treasure hunt. My heart does a little dance when I find something I’ve been looking for – whether it’s been lost, found at a steal of a price, or discovered by surprise. I simply love looking for goodness. When I discovered I could do this each and every day by simply putting on my “sacred goggles,” I was extra excited. My sacred goggles are not anything you can buy at a store; they are a way of seeing I’ve been practicing for the last few years.

Your days can be turned into an adventure of goodness too! Yes!
Each hour can be treasured by heartFULLY observing the sacred — right here, right now.

Can I catch a glimpse of the Divine at work in the (seemingly) ordinary, suburban life I live? Can I grab hold of the sacred during this time in history when mask wearing is common and division has taken root in the thread of society? Well, when I have my sacred goggles on, I find regardless of my circumstances, each day becomes an adventure. Over and over, I’m amazed by a loving Creator who puts sparkles in my path. It may be a call from a friend, a book found at the local used book store or a deep breath of empathy when anger usually takes hold.

Wearing sacred goggles allows me to go deeper into my practice of gratitude, further into creating sacred space with what’s at my fingertips and aids me to remain curious to the move of the Spirit when plans change last minute. For me, these “burning bush” moments are around every day. Each of us has the opportunity to SEE the sacred spark in our circumstances.

Yet, how do these moments become woven into our heart? How do they become integrated to activate a shift in our everyday walk? This is where creative practice comes in!

It was over ten years ago now, as a young mother that I struggled with the routine of life. I was not very motivated by the “same old, same old.” Then, something shifted. I became curious about the spiritual life. I heard Love say to me, “I am here. Look for me.” Before I knew it, some sacred glitter appeared – I was reunited with the monks and mystics.

Within the monastic tradition, monks pause seven times throughout the day to re-member the Divine. Each of these pauses invite a return to prayer, a return to knowing that there is One who holds us through the many moods of the day. These mindful pauses aid one to essentially, put on sacred goggles and come back to the Holy one who fills with grace. The monks invite us to engage with hospitality and pilgrimage for our faith walk.

In monastic life, the Book of Hours is a devotional prayer book that is used as a companion for the day. It had its’ beginning in medieval times and often includedpsalms, hymns, antiphons and readings that accompany different times of the day. Often, the Book of Hours is illuminated with beautiful artistic visuals that accompany the words. What would it look like for you and I, in our modern day lives, to return again and again to the sacred ground of love and peace with a personal blessing book by our side? To create a personal vision of prayer?

Give Us This Day: A Companion Prayer Book took form when I questioned how to create a visual prayer book. You see, when I engage creating as prayer, I’m liberated to express myself from my heart space. And, my passion ignites when tiny, ordinary acts become portals to joy.

I desire to bring YOU along with me for the adventure!

The process to create your illuminated book of hours is a casual, accessible and playful experience. It’s designed for any age or stage to participate. As you move through, your prayer book will lead you through the day with reflection, creativity and your personal stamp.

Less historical. More intuitive.

If you are one who is looking to place sacred goggles upon your eyes each morning, this experience is for you! If you are one who loves to dabble at the threshold of creativity and the sacred, this may bring fresh views to your steps. If you are on board to playfully engage the Divine, I’d love your presence. If you are one who needs a bit of a boost in your day to day to SEE where the Divine is at work, then come along!

Spiritual practice doesn’t have to be a drag, and with the delight of whimsy and color, I plan to bring you a fun prayerful experience that will tap your senses and ignite your inner spark.



Give Us This Day:
Create a Mini (Prayer)
Book of Hours

With a few simple materials over the course of five weeks, you’ll create a personalized prayer book that includes twelve pages plus a front and back cover. The practice is designed to be done in your time, on your schedule. Each week, you’ll receive content for three “hours” of the day. The content for each hour includes an opening poem plus video and written content to create your book spread. A minimum of two videos per week. Each prompt is designed to be moved through at a contemplative pace with pencil, marker and color of your choice. Reflective questions, playful drawing and illumination of each page is part of the experience. The completion of each week comes with a practice for further engagement and benediction. Past participants shared they spent one to two hours per week (total) on their three weekly spreads.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Each week’s videos will activate on Sunday of that week

A minimum of three videos per week



Welcome & Set-Up Videos Open on Friday, October 8th

Week One: Opens October 10th

A kick off gathering:
Come join in and create an extra page for your book of hours.
Wednesday October 13th; 11am EST

Blessing the journey & the morning hours
6 AM: PRAISE
8AM: BLESSING
10AM: MEDICINE

Week Two: Opens October 17th

The mid-day hours
Noon: NURTURE
2PM: SACRED SPACE
4PM: HONOR CHANGE

Week Three: Opens October 24th

An Open Forum Create Gathering:
Bring your materials and we’ll meet and create together.
Wednesday October 27th; 11am EST

A pause to catch your breath: Create your Front & Back Covers

Week Four: Opens October 31st

The evening hours
6PM: FORGIVENESS
8PM: TRANSITION
10PM: DAILY EXAMEN

Week Five: Opens November 7th

The night hours & closing blessing
MIDNIGHT: DREAMS
2AM: WAITING
4AM: STIRRING

A Zoom completion party:
A celebration of our journey!
Wednesday, November 17th 11am EST


Over five weeks, you’ll receive 14 videos (total); each video is in the 10 – 20 minute range.

Each week will include three or four videos and written inspiration for the days of the week.
I’ll send out encouragement emails on Sundays & Thursdays to keep your spark kindled.
An additional contemplative practice is included for the week.

Upon completion, you’ll have a front and back cover and twelve pages that bind together to create your Book of Hours (finished size is 4.5”x6”). This course will remain accessible to you to revisit when you’d like to create another book.



MATERIALS NEEDED

A mixed media pad of paper: I recommend Canson 9” x 12”

A black permanent marker: I recommend Prismacolor brand

A pencil

Watercolors (or other color medium of your choice)

Acrylic Gold Paint – this can be found for as little as $2 in the scrapbook section of your local craft store, or a higher quality acrylic in the art section

A small 1/8” hole punch – found at your local craft store in the scrapbook section, about $5

Red thread – I recommend DMC floss found in the sewing section at your local craft store, less than $1


YOU ARE INVITED FOR A FIVE WEEK SACRED EXPERIENCE AT YOUR PACE, IN YOUR SPACE

Set aside time each week and step into contemplative practice where slowing down is encouraged, catching glimpses of beauty are necessary and connection with earth is honored.” – Ally Markotich


Ally Markotich is on a quest to spark individuals to live their story with sacred spunk. She’s a Visual Scribe of Sacred Story and Soul Practitioner of Creative Formation certified as a Red Thread Guide, Intentional Creativity® Teacher and in Spiritual Formation (Columbia Theological Seminary). Long ago, she graduated with a BFA (Graphic Design) from Alfred University. Ally is the creator of Soul Kindling LLC, an online sanctuary designed to re-member creative prowess and bring intention to day to day living. An advocate for feminine Wisdom, Ally upholds belonging, ritual, celebration and individual voice as imperative elements of the whole. She invites participants to gently tend the narratives of their life to move forward with confidence, self-love and vision. She is a guild member of Musea trained by artist Shiloh Sophia. You can find her art, musings and offerings at http://www.soulkindling.com Carolina where a stop for ice cream is always possible.


As a young mom, with a toddler and baby in the home, there were days when I mightily struggled. Oh yes, I loved those little baby toes, the warmth of snuggles and the sweet faces that greeted me each morning. Yet, I also had days where I felt as if I was caught on a hamster wheel and couldn’t get off. My interior felt exhausted and overwhelmed. I tried playing trains with zest and joy and, some days, found it hard to experience delight. I was one tired mama.

As my children grew, I found myself caught up in a spiritual quest looking for Love with a capital ‘L.’ Eventually, my path wrapped a corner and I became reacquainted with the contemplative tradition and the monks and mystics (who I vaguely remembered from my young years as a Roman Catholic). I felt as if I’d come home. There was something in my cells that said, “Yes! This is what suits you. This feels good and true.”

From that point forward, I added more ritual into my days. My framework shifted from “hamster wheel” to “pilgrimage.” I woke up with excitement wondering where the sacred would meet and greet me. Along the way, I became acquainted with the work of Christine Valters-Paintner of abbeyofthearts.com as well as with the book Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day by Macrina Wiederkehr. My work in Spiritual Formation at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) added many gifts to my contemplative walk. When my journey led to artist, Shiloh Sophia, I felt as if I’d come full circle, finding a way to express myself through word and image.

This project, Give Us this Day: Book of the Hours, has essentially been in the making for over a decade, piece by piece. Now, I am bringing it to you and my heart is thrilled!