I recently came across this quote from the poet, Mary Oliver:
"This is the first, wildest, and wisest thing I know, that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attention.""The souls exists...and it is built entirely out of attention." This seems like the perfect quote as far as it relates to spiritual practices and disciplines. All of the spiritual disciplines, whatever they are, are about paying attention, being mindful, being present - in short, they are about building/growing one's soul as we pay attention in different and deeper ways.
At First Universalist, one of the best places to "attend to your soul" is our Small Group program. (I've blogged about this before.) In Small Groups, with 8 to 10 other people, congregants engage in the discipline of deep listening to one another (and themselves) as they share the stories, questions, and growing edges of their lives and faith. It's the kind of listening that is not about fixing or advising another human being, or interrupting to tell a better story. It is the kind of deep, attentive listening that can help the soul show up...that can help the soul grow and speak its deepest truth.
Small Groups are a place where we can be known and know others at a deep level. Check out this video to hear from church members who have found great meaning in their Small Group experience:
Signs ups for Small Groups begin Jan 9, 2012. We're offering a variety of different groups. You can learn more here. If you're not already in a Small Group, I hope you'll join one. It just might change your life.
In this new year, how are you attending to your soul?