Are You Paying Attention To Awareness?
Definition of attention
1 a : the act or state of applying the mind to something
b : a condition of readiness for such attention involving especially a selective narrowing or focusing of consciousness and receptivity
2 : observation, notice; especially : consideration with a view to action on a problem requiring prompt attention
3 a : an act of civility or courtesy especially in courtship
b : sympathetic consideration of the needs and wants of others : attentiveness
4 : a position assumed by a soldier with heels together, body erect, arms at the sides, and eyes to the front (US) The troops stood at attention. = (British) The troops stood to attention. —often used as a command
Attention is like a searchlight in our consciousness. Whatever is in the narrow beam is in the light; whatever is outside the beam is in the darkness.
Attention is like a narrow band sound filter. Whatever passes through the filter is in the realm of sound; whatever does not pass through the filter is in the realm of silence.
Attention is like a narrow range of taste sensor in our consciousness. Whatever is in the narrow range is tasty; whatever is outside the narrow range is tasteless.
Attention is like a specific contact sensor in our consciousness. Whatever provides the specific stimulation is felt; whatever does not provides the specific stimulation is unfelt.
Attention is like a narrow range of smell sensor in our consciousness. Whatever is in the narrow range is smelled; whatever is outside the narrow range is scentless.
Attention is a conscious deliberate choice to concentrate or focus our consciousness; to be aware.
Definition of aware
1: having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge
2: archaic : watchful, wary
3: having knowledge; conscious; cognizant
4: informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated:
Mind’s Limit Found: 4 Things at Once
Researchers have often debated the maximum amount of items we can store in our conscious mind, in what’s called our working memory, and a new study puts the limit at three or four.
Researchers debate the relationship between working memory and long-term memory. While some hold that the two are independent storage facilities, others say working memory is simply the part of long-term memory that we can currently access.
Many scientists believe that almost all of our experiences are encoded into long-term memory, and that forgetting is simply a matter of not being able to access that memory.
“It’s in there somewhere, the problem is just getting to it,” Cowan said. “Everything gets encoded into long-term memory almost immediately, but it gets encoded in a way that may not be distinct enough to be retrieved.”
The processes of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you.
To meet with; undergo; feel:
Events that unfold around me are only happenings; they become experiences when I add value to them inside myself. I am careful; the value can be positive or negative. It is what goes on inside of me; these are the most important things in my life; where my value comes from.
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – “Flow; the Psychology of Optimal Experience”
Concentrate your attention on only one thing in your working memory; get fully absorbed in that one thing outside of yourself and larger than yourself.
Consider Csikszentmihalyi’s “5 C’s” of a Complex Personality:
“The Complex Personality knows how to integrate a variety of experiences into its overall experience, making the dullest moments interesting. Being in Flow leads to Complexity for when you experience Flow, you want to experience more of it and construct your world to pull you irresistibly towards experiences within the Flow. Focus on these to craft your world:
1) Clarity – Know what you want to do in your life every day. Have clarity of goals, listen to feedback and adjust yourself to the feedback you receive from the world.
2) Center – You are in Balance. Your goal is to focus, to know how to avoid distractions, to become at one with what you’re doing, with all of your attention under your control.
3) Choice – Knowing there are a variety of possibilities around you, that you’re not determined by outside events but have choice and can move within it. Whatever you do, you do “at Choice”.
4) Commitment- Care for what you’re doing at all times. Remain conscious of what you care about. Commit to it.
5) Challenge – Keep upping your challenges as you master a certain level. Always make life more challenging.”