Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment

by Margaret D. McGee
(SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2007)


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Just one moment of close attention can be a prayer.

“Does God communicate through the natural world? Through the slug on the compost pile, the leaf on the lawn, the stone tumbled on the beach, the air that feeds my lungs, the dreams that fill my nights? How will I know unless I pay attention?”
— from the Introduction

In Sacred Attention, you will discover ways to develop a practice of attention as a means of talking—and listening—to God. Framed on the Christian liturgical year and paired with images of the seasons of the earth, each chapter includes an insightful narrative which illustrates the surprising richness to be found in every moment. Following each narrative is a prayer, suggested scripture readings and a specific exercise you can use to develop your own practice of attention as a means to better connect with God.

“If God is with us—within, among, and between every atom and every being—then a conversation with God is not with a remote and distant Being, but with a fellow pilgrim.”
— from the Introduction

What others say about Sacred Attention:

“A quirky but perceptive guide….McGee writes from a Christian perspective but many Buddhists will also feel at home.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Leaps alive with insightful stories, honest reflection and practical suggestions of finding the Divine in the daily-ness of our lives.… A must for anyone seeking or struggling to create a spiritual practice.”
— Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, author, Secrets of Prayer: A Multifaith Guide to Creating Personal Prayer in Your Life

“Attention is the great problem of our distractable age. Here’s a solution!”
— Bill McKibben, author, Deep Economy and The End of Nature