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What is the landscape of your spirituality?

Wernersville Wave Mandala by Wayne Stratz
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Wernersville Wave Mandala by Wayne Stratz

Every year, Stratoz goes on a 8 day silent retreat at Wernersville Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA.  He comes back renewed, and full of design ideas, like this Wernersville Wave.  When he was at his monthly spiritual direction group at the Gywnedd Quaker Meeting, and the leader asked the participants what their spiritual landscape was, and this is what Stratoz wrote about the experience, “I wanted to come home from the retreat with mandala designs.  I am not sure how many I will get to, but am so glad that I was in the midst of making this when I was asked about my landscape.  The Wernersville Wave is here.  I am upon it. “(From his blog)  What a beautiful manifestation in glass of what is in my husband’s spirit!

I’ve been wondering what the landscape of my spirituality is.  I’m drawn to rainbows, to the transitions between colors, how the inbetween places can be beautiful, even if I’m not “already there.”  I used to go on a lot of retreats.  I signed up for one, thinking it would be good for me, and then realized that what I really needed was to be alone, in my studio, making art, and so that’s what I did.  My spiritual landscape looks very much like my studio, a kind of controlled chaos, with mosaics in various stages, bits of glass all over the table, and the floor, in flux, but ultimately, creative.

What is the landscape of your spirit right now?



  1. Joules says:

    I am really drawn to this piece. The colors, obvi, but also the different layers within. I see a wave, autumn leaves, a flower, flames and an eye. And the striations on the glass are lovely.

    I have been pondering the question of the landscape of my spirit and I’m not sure I can find an answer. All I know is I’m holding on to gratitude and hope with both hands.

  2. Bibi says:

    I love the colors in in that piece. They are my favorite. This time of the year I love shades of orange, reds and browns.

    I just recently (2 months ago) started to learn and practice meditation and spirituality. It’s been an enlightning experience.

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