Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"Attentiveness is the Natural Prayer of the Soul"

"Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the Soul," according to 15th Century French Philosopher and Theologian Nicolas Malebranche. The term "attentiveness" here refers to what is called "mindfulness" in Buddhism, defined as giving full attention to moment-to-moment sensory and cognitive experience, bare of judgment, decision making, commentary, and other conceptual reactivity. This quote calls attention to the critical importance given to mindfulness or attentiveness by different spiritual traditions throughout history. My thanks to Ken Murray, Chicago, IL, for sending it. Peace, Charlie


Anonymous said...

Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.

- Kris

Anonymous said...

Very good sharing this.

Anonymous said...

I have the same opinion with most of your points, however a few need to be discussed further, I will hold a small talk with my buddies and maybe I will ask you some suggestion later.

- Henry

Anonymous said...

Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.