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Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Benefits of Attention

On this week's blog I have been discussing the self-help tips in the article Ten Easy Steps to Happier Living by Mark Williamson and Vanessa King. One of the tips in the article is Notice the world around you. This reminds me of the concept of 'Attention' that the great religious writer Simone Weil sometimes talked about. Basically, the idea is as it sounds - try to pay careful attention to things around you and to happenings. It's so easy to let your mind drift off and not actually notice what is around you, not hear the sounds in your environment or be aware of tastes or textures. So next time you find yourself drifting into the world of your own self-talk or habitual patterns of thinking, gently chide yourself and bring yourself to your immediate environment - aim to notice with your different senses what is happening and to acknowledge any feelings or thoughts that you have without judging.

Practising this kind of mindful awareness can help you to become more relaxed, less frustrated and more able to appreciate what there is to be appreciated.

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