Radical Thoughts: Pay Attention

Here is your radical thought for the coming week.

Pay attention.

Pay attention to the feel of the air on your skin. Pay attention to the color of the sky and the trees. Pay attention to the sound that fills the room and failing that, pay attention to the silence.

If you had a camera in your brain (and in effect, you DO have a camera in your brain as it were) and your eye is the lens then this week take as many well framed and focused photos as you can.

Slow down.

Look deep.

Breathe it in.

Pay attention.


8 thoughts on “Radical Thoughts: Pay Attention

  1. yep Metaphorical one thats it …….. or as Buechner puts it
    LISTEN to your life. SEE it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: TOUCH, TASTE, SMELL your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace. Frederick Buechner

    hoping your coping with my absence – wish i could be with you for the festivities tonight.m

  2. LOL – have you been stalking my mind? Too much sympathetic wavelength happening here – I’ve truly been thinking the same thoughts and telling them to myself.

  3. Most people in today’s world don’t know how to do this, or they are so rushed and trying to get it all done that they miss so much.

    Every year I look forward to spring, particularly there is this one tree that comes into blossom. I see it on my way to work and on the way home. It is the most magnificent japanese cherry tree I have ever seen. I have driven by it every day for the last ten years, but never really noticed it too much. In my effort to slow down and enjoy life, I have started to take note of things and savour these little moments.

    One day on my way home I was sitting at the light waiting for it to change, when I decided to actually pull over and park the car and have a look at the tree up close. I was able to appreciate the subtle delicate pink and the beauty of the blossoms and the sheer number of them was staggering. The next day I brought my camera back and laid under the tree and took a picture of it looking up. (I thought I would be a little artsy).

    I think this relates back to something you said a while back, about choosing good. Yes, Yes, I know you were talking about choosing good morally. But doesn’t choosing good also mean taking these little moments to feed the soul as well?

  4. High Hopes, I want to see that photo of the cherry tree! Good for you for taking the time to appreciate the blossoms. How very Japanese of you. 😀

    Great post, Mrs. I’m lovin’ the low price therapy.

  5. FightingWindmills, I would love to post it here, but I took it on a film camera – I know, how low tech of me. I don’t have a scanner either to upload it into the computer.

  6. I was gazing at my favorite cherry on the way to work this morning, it is in full bloom and sadly the blossoms will be giving way to leaf buds soon.

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