“Spirituality is not just about religion, or church attendance, or fidelity to one or other legal requirement. Spirituality is understood to be an innate wisdom of the human heart that enlivens a zest for life, a search for meaning and purpose, a love for all that is good and beautiful, a passion to create a better world, a sensitivity to the life-energy (God, if you wish) that permeates the entire cosmos.” ~ Diarmuid O’Murchu, Our World in Transition: Making Sense of a Changing World


The Starry Night (Dutch: De sterrennacht) is a painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. The painting depicts the view outside of his sanitarium room window at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (located in southern France) at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, part of the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, since 1941. The painting is among Van Gogh’s most well known works that has inspired thousands of artists, some have even made the painting in their own style. Many years ago I was fortunate to view it in person. This was a moment I will never forget.

3 thoughts on “Spirituality

  1. Love this definition, Bill, it really resonates with me. And yes, Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” is divine (as are many of his other works–a tortured soul, but an enormously gifted artist). I also happen to love Don McLean’s song about the painting… Have a great day!

  2. Lori – the same for me. I consider myself a spiritual person but not necessarily religious. I’m happy in the woods, near a stream. I’m sure there is a theme to that in my choices for this blog. Don MccLean is one of my favorites and that one song is great. Thanks!

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