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The Sacrament of Everyday Living: An Ars Zoetica Manifesto
Ars Zoetica first started coming into being a few years ago when I was studying to become an Episcopal priest. The name is a play on the great Ars Poetica written by Horace in the year 19 BCE. As Ars Poetica was the "Art of Poetry," Ars Zoetica seeks to spread the art of living into an intentional and inspired life, a life that is permeated by a sense of the sacred. Or, to put it another way, I want to bring awareness to the sacrament of everyday living. I believe this can be done in limitless capacities, from poetry to art, from sharing a meal to service work, from social justice to time in solitude. And I believe it doesn't need a church, a religion, or any faith at all. As poet Mary Oliver so beautifully put it, there are only three instructions for truly living a life:
Tell about it.
The word Zoetica comes from zoetic, which Merriam Webster defines as "of or relating to life : living, vital." It is also a play on the Greek word, zoe, which is often translated in the Bible as referring specifically to an abundant and blessed life, the highest life possible. Lexicons devoted to sacred texts translate it as "life-giving, life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, blessed." It refers to "life as a principle, life in the absolute sense," as opposed to the greek word, bios, which simply speaks of something being alive. In other words, zoe is the life that transcends mere existence. It speaks of a life lived intentionally, and made sacred. That is what I aspire to every day, and I welcome you to the Ars Zoetica community.
EnerSanctum: Resurrecting an Award-Winning Podcast
EnerSanctum was a brand responsible for a top-rated self-help podcast and bestselling series of iTunes hypnosis/NLP downloads, as well as home to a popular blog. While the commercial NLP and self-hypnosis albums were still available on iTunes, the EnerSanctum Podcast and website were taken offline for several years during my time studying for Episcopal priesthood. I've resurrected the podcast here because I believe it fits into the idea of living an abundant and sacred life, even though I no longer practice clinical hypnotherapy or Neurolinguistic Programming. I hope it inspires, delights, and encourages you.
Eric K. Carr: The Founder of Ars Zoetica and EnerSanctum
I don't usually like labels, but I do think it's fun to think of myself as a multipotentialite. If you'd like, you can read a little more about me HERE.