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,