The Attentive Heart

“When your heart is attentive, your entire being enters your prayer without your having to force it,” writes Rebbe Nachman. You notice the quick, wan smile of a friend as she says that everything is fine. You notice that your colleague is absent from a meeting he always looks forward to.

Learn more about the attentive heart, the heart that notices:

When your heart is attentive you notice the presence of the divine everywhere and all the time, in a handshake, or a smile.

The attentive heart is in love with life and all its expressions and, for the most part, doesn’t miss those expressions, no matter how subtle or indirect.

Having an attentive heart is just another name for prayer.

Your heart is attentive, but yearns to be more so. The moments and hours you spend in peaceful quietude are to the heart like moisture and sun to a tree. They transform your heart from the dryness of distraction to the vibrant life of seeing what’s truly there, that is, to attention.

It happens on its own, “without your having to force it.”

Adapted from Moments in Between, by David Kundtz (Conari Press, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by David Kundtz Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Moments in Between, by David Kundtz (Conari Press, 2006).


Edvanir L.
Edvanir L4 years ago

I love the text!

Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

thanks for the info

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago


Siti Rohana
Siti R6 years ago

it takes a fair bit of practice and being born with an extraordinary amount of sensitive to hone an attentive heart in the midst of a modern and busy lifestyle.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams6 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Very nice and very true. Thanks.

Melissah C.
Melissah C6 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the article.