“Every one knows what attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. Focalization, concentration, of consciousness are of its essence. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others, and is a condition which has a real opposite in the confused, dazed, scatterbrained state which in French is called distraction, and Zerstreutheit in German.” William James on Attention
What are you choosing not to attend to today? It is easy to say we choose 1 object of attention. In today’s world of abundance we also need to train the mind to intentionally choose to say no to objects that impinge themselves into our train of thought.
This Daily Stillness has been recycled from previously published ones:
• #tds103 Choosing what not to attend to (Oct 11, 2015)