Nomadic Devotion is the path of mystic, writer, teacher, and contemplative guide Paul W. Jacob (Jake). This way conveys that when we follow our deepest calling from The Beloved, we will find ourselves in the places where our real work occurs. Nomadic Devotion is not merely about travel or physical movement, but encapsulates a holistic style of being that is engaging and revealing, a process that requires contemplative discipline, authentic social action, and creative distillation in order to refine and express our true self.
Nomadic Devotion honors the sacredness of the work we do here on Earth; for, as the Lebanese poet and writer Kahlil Gibran states in The Prophet, "And to love life through labor is to be intimate with life's inmost secret." Many people have jobs, but they are still unaware of what their true calling is. When we are willing to do the work that we are deeply called to do, regardless of how we are compensated for this work, or if it means giving up our present life situation, or moving from one place to another, then we are on the path to The Beloved. Regardless of what transient external form it takes, our true work is always being present on the path to The Beloved.
Nomadic Devotion teaches us to let go of that which is unnecessary for our journey home to The Beloved and to cherish and sustain what is. The picture best used to express this ethos is a wooden flute being played upon by an unseen wind. When we are emptied of our egocentric desires and social conditioning, and become the flute, then The Beloved can play through us; the music that is born from this union of creator and creation heals our souls, as it harmoniously awakens us from our long slumber in worldly time. In Christian theology, this process is called kenosis or self-emptying.
Nomadic Devotion reminds us that by being fully present in our lives, The Beloved works through us in ways that are mysterious to the socially conditioned world. Yet, a true laborer does not work for fame or fortune, only for The Beloved. Ultimately, as the great Sufi poet Rumi states, "The One that brought me here will have to take me home."
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This beautifully designed collection of Haiku, Tanka, and Lanterne poems paired with Autumn Leaf Prints honors the fleeting glory of autumn and its transition into the contemplative grace of the bare winter landscape. These poems are precise flashes of presence, unrehearsed, deciduous, and transient, like leaves. The 41 full-color leaf prints also offer an educational insight into the varietals of trees that inhabit the northeastern part of the United States. It is art inspired by the sacredness of creation.
This book was published May 2018 by the Stony Point Center, a multi-faith retreat center in the Lower Hudson River Valley, where Jake served as the artist-in-residence from September 2017 - May 2018. It was printed in the U.S.A. on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with plant-based inks.