Practice Makes Presence

In 2010 at age 51, I left a role with one global consulting firm expecting to continue my professional marketing career with another.

Another road rose up to meet me and what started as a divine detour became a new way of life.

Julie Ann Stevens

In 2012 I applied for and was invited into the inaugural class of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School.

Joining 180 people from around the world, I was immersed in teachings of the early Christian mystics while encouraged to let go of my private agenda and be willing to get out of my comfort zone for two years.

When we finished our studies in 2015 and were “sent” into the world with our knowledge and practices, it felt like a completion.

It was just the beginning.

In 2016, I sold my condo in Loring Park which had been my happy home for a decade. After that, getting “out of my comfort zone” became a reality.

My new book Lift Up Your Heart chronicles the experience of being moved to new places and circumstances as wild and wayward as they have been blessed and inspired.

Jule ann stevens

In July 2021, the CAC asked me to record some thoughts and images to express how I was bringing “loving action” into the world five years after my time in the Living School. The video below was produced by their outstanding creative team.

I hope it gives you deeper insight into the why behind my art and invites you into the beauty of your own transitions.

Peace. Be. With You.

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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