Seeking Attentiveness

Seeking Attentiveness

A memorable photo from my travel-study experience in Oman, in 2012. Here, in Nizwa, the path admonishes us.

Upon Ramadan 2014, to my Muslim friends:

Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem.

May God give you more of himself as you look with attention.

Peace be with you.


...when I hear believers, or would-be believers, express a sadness and frustration that they have never been absolutely over-powered by God, I always want to respond: Really? You have never felt overwhelmed by, and in some way inadequate to, an experience in your life, have never felt something in yourself staking a claim beyond your self, some wordless mystery straining through words to reach you. Never? Religion is not made of these moments; religion is the means of making these moments part of your life rather than merely radical intrusions so foreign and perhaps even fearsome that you can't even acknowledge their existence afterward. Religion is what you do with these moments of over-mastery in your life, these rare times in which you are utterly innocent. It is a means of preserving and honoring something that, ultimately, transcends the elements of whatever specific religion your practice.

Christian Wiman, from My Bright Abyss

Pursuing a Ghost

Pursuing a Ghost

In Mid Air

In Mid Air