world around you and inside you.
Prayer begins with attentiveness.
And attentiveness is something we
can cultivate. We begin by noticing
little things: the way the sunlight is
streaming through the window, the
chirp of a robin in an oak tree, the
scent of the soap in our hands, the
steady in-and-out of our breathing.
Slowing down and being attentive
are vital to prayer, for they increase
our likelihood of finding traces of
God in our everyday lives.
3.Begin to pray The author E.L. Doctorow once said:
“Planning to write is not writing.
Talking to people about writing is
not writing. Writing is writing.” We
can say the same thing about prayer.
Planning to pray is not praying.
Talking to people about prayer is
not praying. Praying is praying. And
praying is essentially conversation
I often begin my prayer
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late. The passengers just had to sit
around and wait for the coach to
come. Can you imagine people putting up with that today? No. Today
we get frazzled if our airplane—
which has just traveled 900 miles in
two hours—arrives 20 minutes late!
It is hard to be a prayerful person
if we are running around, multitask-
ing, or preoccupied with 101 things
that need to get done. One thing we
have to do to become prayerful is
slow down. Try this: Instead of gob-
bling down your food, savor each
bite. Instead of rushing down the
sidewalk, stroll leisurely. If you have
to wait for something or someone,
forgo the temptation to fill that time
with work. Rather, use those few
minutes to become more aware of the
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