Attention

Just the other day as I was taking the very last bite of my lunch, I realized that I hadn’t tasted any of the previous bites. I was totally on autopilot, letting my mind wander and worry about who knows what. And here I was at the final forkful of food and I had missed out on the experience of nourishing my body completely, well almost. 

I paused to focus my attention solely on what I was doing at that moment. I felt my feet lightly resting on the rug below me. I felt my posture adjust from the attentive shift. I saw the beauty of my favorite plate, and the shininess of my knife and fork resting in my hands. I smelled the lingering scent of a meal mostly eaten. 

And all of the sudden, I heard the silence. Something that I had not witnessed that entire morning as my inner committee of four or five voices were fighting to be acknowledged. 

And then I took a long, slow, full, deep breath. I could feel the rhythm of my heartbeat. And space between the pulses became longer.

In that pause, where chronos becomes kairos (what I call the infinite moment), I took my final bite of food and awakened my attention to just that experience. I became grounded and present in the moment. 

Attentiveness is the steady practice of maintaining our connection with the sacred. To be able to pay attention is to become more spiritually literate. When we are in too big of a hurry, we’ll never notice what’s happening around us, much less inside of us. We just zone out going through the day on autopilot, and we risk missing out on the miracles unfolding right before our very eyes. 

To pay attention is a sincere act of love as well. Choosing to interrupt our inner dialogue to be fully present for someone else is at the heart of building a deep and loving relationship, whether with your spouse, a family member, a friend, or even a challenging coworker.

But, how do we interrupt the incessant inner dialogue?

Well, this is my specialty! In a Centering Session with me, you’ll learn the 5 simple steps to becoming centered so that you can be more present and attentive to the people and things that are most important to you. This will ensure that you’re not living life on autopilot and missing out on the daily miracles.

Join me for a FREE Introductory Session with me. In the 30 minutes we will spend together, I will show you how Simple, Effective and Immediate the 5 Step Centering Method is. I have been told that it is magical! Sign up for your personalized session today.

I’ll close with this quote by Simone Weil. “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same as prayer.”

Love and blessings to you all,

Tom

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