Paying Attention As A Spiritual Practice

Do you find paying attention challenging? I certainly do.

I hesitate in writing this blog post, as I don’t want to add a “should” to lives that are fragmented and all too busy, including my own. With all that we do during a day, the challenge of paying attention to anything, especially our spiritual life, is a beyond what we can achieve as a person or community.

The reflections this month are not a judgement, rather an delightful opportunity to reflect on attention and the many places and things to which our attention is called throughout our day. My hope is that together we might see attention as an invitation.

To what does attention invite us?

I wonder if the invitation to pay attention calls us to this particular moment, with all its confusion, messiness and imperfection. The invitation is to simply see this moment, to gently witness it, rather than striving to fix it.

It is also quite likely in accepting the invitation to pay attention that we will see beauty, tenderness and joy in ourselves, in our daily lives and in the world around us. It’s there, if we pay attention.

What do you think?

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12 thoughts on “Paying Attention As A Spiritual Practice

  1. Beverley Golden (@GoldenBeverley) says:

    Our modern-day world makes it challenging to truly be in the moment. Things are moving so fast, that just when we feel we are firmly in this moment, the next moment cascades in. As someone who loves trees and flowers and animals, I find that when I am enthralled with something in nature, outside of myself, some moments seem to go on forever…or at least I am so focused that it seems that way. As an air sign, I often find I am flying in many directions, often at the same time it seems. Stopping and at least being conscious of being in this moment, is a wonderful practice for me.

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