Absolutely unmixed attention is…

“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.”

~ Simone Weil

"[The French philosopher Simone Weil said, ‘Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.’] I love that. I think that could be as close as someone can get to a wonderful definition of prayer. In that sense, prayer has nothing spiritual or religious about it. A mathematician working at a problem or a little kid trying to pick out scales on the piano is a person at prayer. She’s not saying prayer is absolute unmixed attention; it’s the other way. The attention itself is the quality that she wants to call prayer. So whatever context you’re putting it in, whether it’s inside a church or inside a toy box, that’s the quality that is the sacred one."

Translator Stephen Mitchell via Krista’s Journal: Approaching Prayer.


Sources:

  1. Post: Thank you via Crashingly Beautiful via It’s Like This.
  2. Image by artist Vladimir Queiroz Sejas. Thank you Anake Goodall.

Comments

  1. Very beautiful definition of prayer.Image is beautiful.

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  2. Beautiful definition of prayer, thank you for this post!

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  3. Or me watching the cookie jar when Jen is about to give me a treat?

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  4. Perfection!

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  5. suspended time. If there is time…

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  6. I like this David, thanks

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  7. I studied engineering, mathematics, business administration, and accounting in college. Wish I could have taken some liberal arts courses. But I was taking an overload almost every quarter at the UW as it was. I have missed so many wonderful things in life. You have brought some of them into my life.

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  8. Me too Charles. Me too. Thank you!

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