November News

Our Monthly Theme: Attention

Attention is the beginning of devotion.  — Mary Oliver

Poet Mary Oliver said, “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” You cannot love something you do not (really) see.  — Ben Sternke

I have noticed that beliefs work like blinders on a racehorse. They keep you focused in a specific direction. This can be great as long as you have a destination in mind. But what good are blinders when you are grazing in a beautiful meadow on a crisp, clear spring day? I wore my blinders so long I forgot I had them on!  — Melody Anderson

Once there was a man who filmed his vacation…With a flick of a switch, there it would be. But he would not be in it. He would never be in it.  — Wendell Berry

I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts but they need constant attention & one day I decided I had better things to do.  — StoryPeople

Barbara Brown Taylor recommends that from time to time we take off our clothes, look at ourselves in the mirror, and tell ourselves with as much tenderness as we can, “Here I am…this is my soul’s address.” To face ourselves naked in the mirror with some measure of gentleness, much less reverence, is a hard assignment,…It is deeply spiritual work to put down our self-loathing…It is deeply spiritual work to learn to treat ourselves with compassion; to learn to see ourselves, if only in moments, the same way we look at something or someone we find beautiful: a newborn baby, the ocean, a sunset…  — Rev. Elea Kemler

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