Reflection

Listening to the World

This reflection considers Krista Tippett's On Being episode with Mary Oliver, "Listening to the World." Oliver's words can be used with Dr. Emilie...

Listening to the World

This reflection considers Krista Tippett's On Being episode with Mary Oliver, "Listening to the World." Oliver's words can be used with Dr. Emilie Townes's video, "Finding the Holy, Hearing God's Whispers," in group settings or individually to consider where we find the holy in our own lives.


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"What does it mean that the earth is so beautiful, and what shall I do about it?"

Mary Oliver, Long Life


In Krista Tippett's interview with Mary Oliver, we get to hear about the ways that Mary Oliver listens to the world, considers attention the beginning of devotion, and thinks of poetry as prayer. When asked about her spiritual background, Mary Oliver shares, "I got saved by poetry, and I got saved by the beauty of the world."

As you listen to this ten minute segment, consider the ways that Mary Oliver's idea of listening convivially and Emilie Townes' idea of holy listening can encourage us to seek out the holy in our own lives.

 

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