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Inattention

November 13, 2010

Dennis Lewis

Dennis Lewis

Inattention is rampant not only on the Internet but in almost every area of our lives. Many of us move through our lives so quickly (which is often reflected in our fast upper chest breathing) and unconsciously, that any real connection with ourselves, our friends, our families, and our environments is next to impossible.

We may believe that our inattention is strictly our own business, but our inattention, the fact that we are so easily distracted, has ramifications that spread well beyond ourselves. Inattention often causes problems, wasted time, and even injury and death not only for the inattentive person but also for numerous others, sometimes not only those close to us but also those we don’t know. Chronic inattention (and the concomitant lack of concern for others that it often demonstrates) is fast becoming one of the chief features of modern life.

For anyone who wishes to live a more human, intelligent, conscious, or spiritual life, the study of attention is crucial. Our attention is what connects us with the world in and around us. Without it, we are simply sleep walkers, experiencing little more than tiny fragments of ourselves, and out of touch with the energies and rhythms of wholeness and relationship.

To go further into this important subject and learn how to begin to study your attention in the midst of action, read my essay on this blog entitled The Alchemy of Consciousness.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tina permalink
    November 14, 2010 3:57 pm

    Lack of mindfulness to the present moment seems to have a correlation to lack of happiness. There’s a few studies going on right now that are pointing to this correlation.

    All these cool tech gadgets such as smart phones (iPhones, Droid, etc) serve a nice purpose in our fast paced society. However, they also add to the problem of distraction.
    Seems to me that inattention is rising to epidemic proportions.

  2. Marm permalink
    January 21, 2011 5:11 am

    Pursuit of the truth leads to attention.
    Be truthful. Speak the truth. Have truthful conversations. Be true to yourself. Then Attention will be your natural state.
    Today’s human being is more satisfied with the pusrsuit of happiness.

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