Paying attention


As Mary Oliver has written:

“This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”

Paying attention seemed

an impossible dream 

when my children were new. 

Just getting  out the door in the morning was 

a daunting series of tasks :

tying shoesfinding jackets packing up tiny snacks scurrying to straighten up. 

Released now from the intensity 

of that role, I realize

attentiveness is difficult 

not because of busyness 


because of misdirected 


If you can see 

the person in front of you;

if  you can attend to

the task at hand;

if you take notice of

this moment

you will grow 

your soul. 


One thought on “Paying attention

  1. One of the characteristics of Tai Chi is focus on movements which I do each morning and it is in keeping with much of what you mention about quietness…which I also do after my Tai Chi which helps body,mind and soul.

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