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What is Attention? |

What is Attention?

Simply put, attention is focused awareness. Paying attention to your attention is the first step to understanding it.

Put a pen on a table about one foot away in front of you. Gently focus on the pen. Right now the center of your attention is on the pen. Visually look around the room so that eventually the pen is not in your visual field, and while you are doing this keep that centered connection on the pen by periodically wondering about the pen.

You may experience a sense of an extension from your body to the pen. That extension is your attention. What you may also notice is that paying attention to the pen while you are looking at other things is not so easy. Your attention may have been distracted by something being out of order in the room or by something else interesting. In this simple paying attention to your attention exercise, you can see how easily it can be distracted.

What is Attention?

Attention is a specialized subtle energy of your awareness. Paying attention to your attention is the first step to understanding it. Continue...

Attention Traps

Our attention is a gift that changes those who receive it. The quality of this gift is often diminished by the unconscious ways we pay attention—these are attention traps. Continue...

Attention is a Precious Resource

What you choose to pay attention to matters, because you only have so much. What will you do with your precious, limited resource?