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. To live with appreciation and meaning, cultivating an attentive attitude during periods of calm is helpful.
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.
We live mindfully by harvesting evocative scenes to pay attention to including the mountains and oceans, flowers and trees, love and friendship, music and literature, art and poetry.”
Kilroy J. Oldster
It is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monolog inside your head.
David Foster Wallace
Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the Soul.