The HeART of Spirituality – Finding Balance

The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates.

“One hour’s reflection is preferable to seventy years of pious worship”  

Baha’i World Faith

In several of the HeART workshops, held at Tapestry Unitarian, we’ve made collaged Contemplation Cards – if you’re familiar with tarot cards or vision boards these cards can be used in similar ways.  The power of the “home-made” cards is that you are not projecting your thoughts and feelings onto someone else images. All the images are your own and speak to you both consciously and unconsciously.  

The participants each made 2 cards – one that represents

spiritual balance and another that represents spiritual imbalance

Can you tell what each card represents?










Here’s how to make your own Contemplation Cards and

How to use them

Materials:  Card stock or heavy paper such as bristol board or even large filing cards – approximately 8″ x 5″, glue sticks, scissors, magazines.

Focus on an attribute/theme or virtue (examples:  patience, honesty, love, compassion connection, detachment etc.)

  • Cut out images from magazines that catch your attention or appeal to you.    It’s often better not to think about it and trust that what you choose will inform you.  (In the workshop, to save time, I provide pre-cut images – LOTS of images to choose from.)
  • Cut away the background from the images. (Look at the images on the cards to see how the images have been cut out)
  • Arrange images on a card.  There is no right way – your intuition is your best guide – use some of your images, all of them or parts.
  • When you’re satisfied glue images down.
  • Write your focus on the back of the card.

How to use your Contemplation Cards:

In each of the options below pick one card, randomly or purposefully, on which to center your thoughts.

Using cards for Meditation or Prayer

  1. Sit in comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed
  2. Set a timer for 10 or 20 minutes
  3. Take in a few breaths to center yourself
  4. Lower your eyelids to soften your gaze
  5. Focus on an image(s) as you gaze at your card and let a virtue/feeling/word come to mind.
  6. You can also repeat a word, phrase or prayer that comes to mind (silently or out loud).
  7. When your mind wanders, and it will, simply bring it back and refocus on card.
  8. When the time is up you may wish to write down any thoughts, feelings or images that you experienced and/or answer the questions below.

Using cards for Contemplation or Journaling

  1. Sit in comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed
  2. Set a timer for 20 minutes
  3. Take in a few breaths to center yourself
  4. Focus on your card
  5. Write down phrases, words, images which spontaneously and intuitively come to mind or use the questions below as an entry into what you intuitively know.
  6. What meanings do the images hold for you today?

Jump-start questions to ask yourself or journal:

  • Are the images comforting, unsettling or puzzling? Why?
  • How did they inform your actions/behavior today, this week?
  • What was “sacred” today/in your life?
  • In what way were you blessed today/in your life by God (the universe, nature or fate)?

 Here are the wonderful ladies that participated in this HeART of Spirituality workshop and made amazing HeART.