Welcome to the Course on Attention!
“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.”
— Jose Ortega y Gasset
It is SO important to understand your own attention in order to have a fulfilling and meaningful life. If you doubt that or don’t understand the connection, well what are you waiting for? Dive in, trust this process, and learn new things that will improve your relationship to yourself, others and the world.
Are you ready to pay attention to attention?
Next, I outline the 3 main ideas you will learn about in the
Course Objectives video below.
Next: Let’s get a working definition of attention as part of better understanding about what attention is and how YOUR attention works.
Attention & Judgment
Next: Too many people mix up Attention with Judgment. They aren’t the same thing! This is a critical piece of learning you’ll need to be wise and well.
Practice with Attention
Next: It’s not enough to “know” the definition of attention and information about how it works. You’ve got to start playing with YOUR attention, which is learning more about it through direct experience. Engage with the practices below to better understand your own attention and how the information you’ve learned about attention is REAL in your EXPERIENCE. You can use these activities forever. You can do them in any order, any length, anywhere, anytime. I encourage you to write about your experiences playing with your own attention.
*Tell yourself how your attention works in writing!*
Next: Auditing your attention is a critical exercise for discovering what matters or what you value. This one is BIG!
Attention & Values
Next: In my opinion, the most important part of the course on Attention is the unit about values. Since it is my course, I get to decide…just kidding (kinda). According to famed Humanistic psychologist, Abraham Maslow, the human organism values some things over others for its survival and growth (The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, 1970). Discovering your values and living in harmony with them is a critical part of living a life of meaning, fulfillment, and health and wellness, both psychologically and biologically (they are pretty much one in the same). It’s such a simple idea, though not easy to apply in everyday practice. But that’s why you are here, right?
So many people continue to suffer unnecessarily because they aren’t paying enough attention to what promotes their wellbeing and fulfillment or they are paying too much attention to what causes suffering or creates obstacles to meaning. Find out how attention and values matter so much for YOUR wellness and your desire to live a life worth living!
The Landscapes for Learning never ends…
However, this completes the course on Attention! Whoo hoo!!
Thank you for purchasing this course, and I do hope you learned about yourself by studying attention: the nature of attention, your own attention and how it behaves, where it goes and how it’s being spent, and how attention is directly connected to discovering what REALLY matters in life and clarifying your values.
Observing your attention and taking an audit of it from time to time will help you update your values, clarify them, and keep them in more conscious awareness in your daily life.
A NOTE ABOUT THE PANDEMIC…
This Corona virus pandemic has created an opportunity for clarifying what is “essential” in our lives––what matters most, what we value. It’s asked us to pay closer attention to ourselves– what we pay most attention to, how we understand ourselves in this life, how we face challenge (or not), the choices we make (consciously or unconsciously) and whether or not we see this crisis as an opportunity for learning and growth.
If you are reading this and completed this course, you were able to take advantage of the opportunity that crisis has gifted you for your growth. Good for you––literally.
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