Paying Attention As A Spiritual Practice

Paying Attention is challenging, isn’t it. The felt demands of our lives, the romance of technology as well as physical and spiritual exhaustion often mean that generous attention is not given to anything, including ourselves.

This month we will focus on choosing to practice the art of attention. I invite you to join me in this space of wonder, in becoming aware of our senses, and where our attention may be calling us.

Today, I invite you to join me in a practice that I learned from a too brief study of ethnographic research.

You will need a pencil or pen and a notepad. Find yourself a space where there is activity going on around you that you can safely observe. Set a timer for five minutes and write down everything that you notice. The goal is not to interpret, rather write what you observe. When the alarm goes off, stop. The next day, do it again and the day after that. Once you have these observations, allow yourself to read what you have written. What do you notice about what you see and the process of seeing? To what are you paying attention?

Please know that I pray for all of my readers. I invite you to pray for Earthenware Ministry. Your comments are read, and are welcomed.



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