Paying Attention As A Spiritual Practice

Today it is Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️

Also, in the Christian liturgical calendar it is AshWednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent.

Valentine’s Day is filled with the symbol of hearts, candy, flowers and expectations. 💝

Ash Wednesday’s symbol is not the heart, rather dust, which is a reminder of our mortality. The day ushers in a season of penitence and self examination.

What, if anything, do these have in common?

I wonder if one connection between them is paying attention, paying attention not to hearts, but rather to listening to our hearts. It may mean listening to the wisdom of our individual hearts rather than of our individual intellect. It may mean a movement from a visual apprehension of what is, and instead listening to what our hearts may wish to share with us.

So today, what does your heart wish for you to pay attention?Perhaps it is love. Perhaps it is love grounded in an awareness of mortality. What do you think? Pay attention.

With much love,


7 thoughts on “Paying Attention As A Spiritual Practice

  1. Andrea says:

    What a thoughtful post. Another connection that came to mind is the importance of sacrifice. When we’re doing a good job, love isn’t selfish, is it?

  2. debrareble1 says:

    Thank you Meghan for reminding us of the connection between Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. What a beautiful metaphor for the contrasts in our lives. Listening to my heart always <3

  3. Lore Raymond says:

    Appreciating your connection with this Love Day and Ash Wednesday. I’m headed to mass later this morning for the reminders that might come that life is short, and I’m only here to love. That’s it. As my meme says, Love is all there is.”

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