Surfing the internet the other day I Googled "How to pay attention." A lot of the ideas I found were about focus. In other words, attention.
- Focused mind
- Default mind
(By the way, have you noticed that they disengage the crawl during commercials? They don't want anything to pull you away.)Paying attention allows us to know what we are looking at, experiencing, and feeling. Training the brain is learning to recognize which we are paying attention to- and which we need to pay attention to. When we just skim along in default mode we have no idea what we are feeling. But take a moment and focus, bring the focusing part of the brain to work and you will begin to learn.
Distractions remove our ability to pay attention. The default crawl of thoughts that are just beyond our conscious awareness keep us all over the place - and no where in particular. Paying attentnion, using the focused mode, is a learned behavior. It is NOT the default mode. In order to get this done, to learn to pay attention, we have to create the right environment(s) in our lives. We need to nurture first the quiet willingness to do something that may take some psychic energy. We need to then explore the simple ways we can shift attention to one more focued.
- Create the right environment.
So, try it. Just do it. Create your inner environment and pay attention.