Jan 26 • 27M

TAOPA #002: Particulars, Universals, and the Pursuit of Wonder

Wonder is essential for a deep life, and deep art

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What do you pay attention to? How do I determine what's worthy of my limited attention? It’s the questions every human asks at some point, and the questions we MUST ask, to thrive in this one precious life. And it’s these types of questions (and more), we want to wrestle with on The Art of Paying Attention. We believe the work of paying attention is not optional, and something we all must learn to do well. The poet Mary Oliver said, "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” Every week, we'll consider this endless, and proper work, of paying attention. What do we see? What are we learning? WHAT or WHO needs MORE attention? Join writer, creator, teacher, and accidental entrepreneur, Ryan J. Pelton, as he explores with others, the essential Art of Paying Attention. Most episodes feature an interview with a bonafide "attention-collector" working in the arenas of creativity, art, music, writing, publishing, entrepreneurship/business, and spirituality. Join in the conversation and learn to see with new eyes a world bursting with hints of hope. Often in the most unlikely places.
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In this episode, Ryan talks about finding truth in the most unexpected places. Why we find universality in the particular stories, experiences, and Truth all around us. Ryan also talks about wonder and why it’s essential to a deep life, and a deep life of art. 

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The Art of Paying Attention
Particulars, Universals, and the Pursuit of Wonder
The Jewish writer, thinker, theologian, and activist Abraham Joshua Heschel said after suffering a major heart attack: “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.” (I Asked for Wonder a Spiritual Anthology…
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