The Art of (Paying) Attention
Awareness requires attention. A lot of it. This observation is only growing over the decades into quite a beast with today’s technology plus all other realities of modern day life. Attention is now truly an art.
Paying attention is becoming more and more of a lesser held quality - a fading art. The art of attention includes listening, paying attention to others and paying attention to oneself. Equally. Taking time in many moments throughout each day to focus on how we are with ourselves, from our tasks at hand to how we speak to ourselves. The way we speak to ourselves is a sure indicator of the way we speak to, and of, others. This art of attention is also a good indicator of whether we are capable of stepping out of our own shoes and into those of another.
Listen. Listen deeply. Even when you think you are listening, drop in a little more. Listen to yourself. Listen to your body. Your body can often tell you things that your mind cannot. Stop talking. Listen. Like, really listen. Notice. Pay attention. We all have moments of needing to express ourselves, talking over others, not fully listening, needing to be the comedian, the life of the party, or the Instaham. While I lean more introverted than extroverted, I still have those moments, too.
The concern is severe imbalance. The iPhone alone greatly shortened my own attention span which was historically much greater. As a holistic health coach and consultant, I have many tools and techniques that I share with clients. But our society's lack of an attention span has intensified over the last several years. It was a shocking, yet very clear, observation in moving from one city to another based on differences in the personalities of the populations. But truly, the newer inability to pay attention is everywhere. How can we further share how to slow down and pay greater attention to one another to truly connect in order to progress which is where we find fulfillment? Let's discuss. I am passionate about saving this seemingly dying art of attention - please reach out if you have any further ideas . No pun intended, but I’m all ears.
“A wise man once said nothing.” ~Proverb