MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASEMar 04, 2023
Everyone wants our attention. Family, friends, work… we are surrounded by so much urgency. Our attention is the one commodity left to us.
Where we place our attention is 100% our choice. And yes, there are powerful manipulative forces working against us. Yes, there are many conflicting demands. Yes, there are desires and goals.
Still. We choose … in every moment.
What we pay attention to IS our life.
Our attention creates our lives. Our focused attention directs our energy toward creation of that desire.
You intended to come forth into the physical realm of contrast to define what is wanted. To connect with the energy that creates worlds, and to flow it toward your objects of attention. Not because the objects of attention are important, but the act of flowing is essential to life.
Attention is how that energy flows through us. Whether sending a birthday card to a friend or tending the garden, our attention translates that energy into action and manifestation.
The flow of energy
When we allow our attention to drift and forget what powerful creators we are, we can get apathetic. We could lose our sense of awe, wonder, and even miss moments of simple enjoyment.
We do it all the time. There are even predictable ways our energy flow slows down:
- Boredom - we lose interest and wander away to do something else. We’d rather take a nap.
- Abandon ship - we believe what we desire is impossible so we give up before we truly get started. We believe we’ll never reach the stars so we don’t bother to aim.
- Disown - we dismiss our efforts saying it really isn’t important after all. Who is going to care?
- Flake out - we get forgetful and disorganized. We can’t find what we need when we need it. Jumbled thoughts means nothing makes sense on any topic. It’s simpler to throw up our hands and walk away.
Finally, when we do remember to pay attention, rather than focus on our desires or what brings pleasure, we pay attention to what could go wrong.
And then things go wrong.
You cannot focus on unwanted and receive wanted.
Attention is a muscle
Our attention enables powerful creative forces to flow. And like a muscle, it’s best to use it, lest we lose it. Here are a few ways to exercise that muscle:
- Curiosity - In this very moment, what’s the message I’m sending to myself and to the Source of energy? What am I asking for? What am I missing? What else do I need to know?
- Meditation - A regular meditation practice is life-changing. Other mind-focusing activities might include walks in nature or listening to music. Find a mind-quieting practice that works, and this time, commit to nothing beyond consistency.
- Reflection - journaling or freewriting are effective because they slow the brain and allow the bubbles of deeper thought to surface. Try writing a question with the dominant hand, and answering with the non-dominant hand. Some may prefer the visual process of a mind map.
- Inspiration - Moments alone with our soul are the most precious of all attention-grabbing activities. Allow what’s within to arise to the surface and find a way to express it.
- Risk - We can stretch our perceived limits. We can explore the world and find wonder. It’s a healthy practice to seek something new. We are never more focused than when on the edge of perceived danger, no matter what the source.
- Gratitude - When we recognize and appreciate what is already here, that attention attracts more of the same. Capture in some way the things that go right, that feel good to remember, or that make us feel loved. Feel grateful in this moment.
Pay attention to attention. It IS your life.
The reason for desires, goals… for finding those decisions or points of focus, is because they are the life-giving things of the Universe. Without objects of attention, or objects of desire, Life Force does not come through any of us.