Re-posted from: Community of Christ – Lenten Practices
Engaging in the practice of holy attention allows us to suspend our inner conversations and agendas and give reverent and receptive focus to a specific person or portion of God’s creation. Regarding another as an unrepeatable miracle whose life journey is unique and sacred brings awareness to and affirmation of God’s presence in all creation. We do this in the spirit of Christ who saw into the deep hearts of people and recognized their true identities as God’s beloved. During Lent, as we continue to empty ourselves (fasting) and evaluate our lives (examen), we begin to make space for awareness of where God is showing up in the world around us.
|Hymn for Reflection“God Is Calling” CCS 172|
For individuals, enter into a time of quiet reflection. Relax your body and breathing and bring to mind a particular person, group or people, or portion of creation. Ask God to bless you with curiosity and gratitude as you consider the life journey of others.
- In what ways do you experience separation from this person, group, or portion of creation?
- In what ways do you feel connected to this person, group, or portion of creation?
- What do you need to hear, see, feel, or learn?
- How are you being led to engage in actions that promote the well-being of this person, group, or portion of creation?
Option: For use in groups, divide the participants into pairs. Allow each person three to four minutes to share and remind the pairs when it is time to trade roles. Invite each person to share a story or experience that reflects his or her journey of discipleship. Ask God to bless each one with compassionate curiosity and gratitude as each hears the other person’s story. Invite pairs to share briefly with each other how it felt to tell one’s story to someone who was listening with holy attention and how it felt to listen with holy attention.
Questions for Reflection
- As you make space in your life through fasting and prayer, to what person, group of people, life circumstance, or portion of creation are you being drawn to give holy attention?
- What new awareness do you experience as you engage in this practice?
- In what ways are you called to respond as awareness of others deepens through holy attention?