Reflection Group: Intentional Attending

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Date(s) - 11/03/2019
9:30 am - 10:30 am

UUCJ - New Building


In her poem Gratitude, Mary Oliver asks herself and then answers eight questions of attention:

What did you notice?

What did you hear?

When did you admire?

What astonished you?

What would you like to see again?

What was most tender?

What was most wonderful?

What did you think was happening?

It’s a poem that treats the details of our days as a blessing and calls us to do the same. You can read the poem here or watch an arresting video of it being read aloud.

For this exercise, we’ll take some time sitting outside (weather permitting) to notice the many sounds that surround us. Then using Oliver’s questions, we’ll write a version of our own poem by giving our own answers to her eight questions. Here’s an elegant example of someone making it their own.

We’ll let Oliver’s eight questions help us remember that our attention is a way–maybe the best way–we say thanks for these precious days we’ve been given!