Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment

Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment

by Margaret D. McGee

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Overview

Just One Moment of Close Attention Can Be a Prayer to God

"Does God communicate through the natural world? Through the slug on the compost pile, the leaf on the lawn, the stone tumbled on the beach, the air that feeds my lungs, the dreams that fill my nights? How will I know unless I pay attention?"
—from the Introduction

Paying attention is rarely easy to do. It requires focus, patience and a willingness to slow down—traits that are hard to come by in this hurry-up world. But close attention to even one small piece of creation, one object, person, routine, image, word or scripture, can become a prayer to God, opening a channel of communication between you and the Divine to allow for deep spiritual growth.

In this inspiring guide, you will discover ways to develop a practice of attention as a means of talking—and listening—to God. Framed on the Christian liturgical year and paired with images of the seasons of the earth, each chapter includes an insightful and poignant narrative which illustrates the surprising richness to be found in every attention-getting moment. Following each narrative is a prayer, suggested scripture readings and a specific exercise you can use to develop your own practice of attention as a means to better connect with God.

Accessible, humorous and meaningful, these words and practices will lead you further along your path toward discovering a deeper awareness of yourself and your relationship to all that is around you—and within you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594732911
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Margaret D. McGee, a writer, teacher and leader of spiritual workshops and retreats, is author of Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment (SkyLight Paths), and Stumbling Toward God: A Prodigal's Return. Her haiku have been published in journals such as The Heron's Nest , bear creek haiku, and Wisteria. Her website, www.IntheCourtyard.com, hosts a forum to write and share haiku in response to the sacred writings of world religions.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Slow Down—Pay Attention
About the Liturgical Calendar and Sacred Attention

1. Season of Waiting
ADVENT
2. Leap of Faith
CHRISTMAS
3. To See with New Eyes
EPIPHANY
4. Hearty Fish Soup
LENT
5. Just Freedom
EASTER
6. When the Still, Small Voice Starts Yelling
PENTECOST
7. Where Possibilities Burn Bright
ORDINARY TIME
8. Bees in the Blackberries
ORDINARY TIME
9. Real Live Grizzly Bear Love
ORDINARY TIME
10. Lectio Divina Meets Haiku
ORDINARY TIME
11. The Newcomer and the Old-Timers
ORDINARY TIME
12. By Myself in a Cloud of Witnesses
ORDINARY TIME

Afterword: Return
Practicing Sacred Attention
Suggestions for Further Reading

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