"Your Cell will Teach You Everything" Old Wisdom, Modern Science, and the Art of Attention

Buddhist-Christian Studies, Volume 29, pp. 83-88.

By Noreen Herzfed

Sit in your cell and your cell will teach you everything. Few of us live the monastic life. We spend our days in a world of work filled with technologies that vie for our attention. And we return at the end of those days, not to a cell, but to an equally busy home and family. Yet the wisdom of Abba Moses matches that of modern neuroscience.It suggests that we find time for stillness, time away from our technologies in which we can learn to focus our attention. It also suggests that we take care what we focus on, for we are thereby building the circuitry in our own brains. And finally, it invites us to reassess our approach to being with one another. The cell phone, instant message, or Facebook page may not be best. The more we learn to be quiet and focused, the more we will truly be able, in the words of Jesus, “to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

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