Sometimes nothing really registers on our consciousness and we feel drained of energy. Sometimes we live in a whirl of distractions, everything registers, and we don’t know what to do with it. We can’t focus and we feel scattered and stressed. Because we are caught up in activity, we do not pay attention to the people and events around us. Without awareness, we can live a jumble of experiences without a grasp of their significance. Lacking attentiveness to what is happening around us and within us, we miss the significant evidence of our connection with others and with the presence of the Spirit who binds us together. Cultivating an attentive attitude helps us to live with appreciation and meaning.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
Notice details. Keep your mind focused on whatever you are doing, wherever you are and with whomever you are at the moment.
Seek the Lord while he may be found.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The quality of one’s life depends on the quality of attention. Whatever you pay attention to will grow more important in your life.
Attention is the intention to live without reservation in the here-and-now.
For lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.
I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.
It’s hard to pay attention these days because of multiple affects of the information technology nowadays. You tend to develop a faster, speedier mind, but I don’t think it’s necessarily broader or smarter.
A prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain.
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.