Paying Attention As A Spiritual Practice

The first week of February focused on attention as being something that is of the intellect and largely visual.  The second week focused on attention as being an inquiry to one’s heart as well as a way of listening and responding to one’s heart. Both weeks have allowed us to reflect upon attention and spirituality through practice, reflection and action.

This week we are reflecting on paying attention to creativity and the choices that may emerge from that attention.  Please note:

  1. I am interpreting the choice to create as a capacity that most human beings have.  This capacity may also include other creatures as well, but for the purpose of this blog, I am limiting it to human beings.
  2. Praise for creativity is often relegated to those who are involved in such things as fine arts, film, and writing.  However, in my opinion this is a lack of recognition of how often it appears in the ordinary daily life.
  3. Fundamentally, I understand creativity to be both a spiritual expression and practice.

What are your thoughts on this topic?  What is the relationship between attention, creativity and spirituality for you?  Please comment.

With much love,

Meghan

Paying Attention As A Spiritual Practice

I began this week with a question: when I pay attention to my heart, I choose to_________________________.  I have many thanks to those who risked commenting on this question. I loved reading each of your responses.

The question originated in a desire to move attention from what is often a visual experience toward an experience of listening.  And, not listening to just anything but to what our hearts wish to say to us.  If you are like me, this isn’t something that happens often.  My attention is often visual, often intellectual.  This has its place, but so does heart listening.

We have the privilege of listening or choosing to not listen.  We have the privilege of paying attention or choosing to not pay attention.  We have the option of listening to our heart, listening to a creative source, or shutting it out.  Which do you choose?  Why do you choose it?  How is paying attention with your heart part of your creativity, your spirituality?

I am suggesting two practices today.

In the first, I invite you to simply sit in a quiet space and listen to your heart for five to fifteen minutes.  If you find it helpful during this quiet time, place one hand or both hands on your heart. Invite your heart to speak to you.  What does it say?  What do you imagine it saying?  How does it feel to pay attention in this way?  Please use your journals to write down anything that emerges from this reflection.

In the second, I invite you to find one heart centered action that you can take today.  It may be something that responds to a favorite cause, an individual in need, or whomever your heart sends your way.  The world has always needed heart centered creative action.  What is one thing you can do?

With much love,

Meghan