Attention is our greatest power. It’s our inner-GPS. What we focus attention on and how, becomes our reality. We need attention to get things done. We need attention to maintain our well being. We need attention to plan our lives. We need attention to survive and thrive. Attention is the basis of meditation. (In Hebrew attention means – placing your heart – לשים לב). Your attention creates your energy – positive, negative, clear. Paying attention by opening your heart to the breath in the moment – is loving all the way, because attention is love -:)
For many of us attention is mixed with anxiety. Love is mixed with fear. If you’re a sensitive soul, paying attention in the normal way of just focusing and concentrating is more challenging. Attention could be a threat to your sensibility, and set your filters off. I still have to turn my head down when in a movie a violent scene comes up, or if they start talking on a TV about nose-picking. It’s more difficult to tolerate things than for most people are a matter of choice. They can just turn the channel off, and go about their business. When you’re a sensitive soul you have to work much harder on your filters.
Yesterday when I went to the doctor for a cough and a hoarse voice, I had to work extra hard on her bedside manner. The harsh way she examined me and the tone with which she spoke to me about my bronchitis felt scary and insensitive. Towards the end of my end of my visit with her, I managed to remember the breath, and started to turn over my stress & fear to the breath. I then asked her if she was Romanian. A big smile came to her face, and she changed her manner from severely professional to sweet & tender. It ended up being a great visit, and she also gave me some extra tips on sleep. But the most significant thing about the visit was that I felt at ease. In fact, I left the office with a diagnosis of bronchitis, a prescription of antibiotics & probiotics, a coughing syrup, and a supplement for better sleep. What I really left with was with more love. Loving all the way
For a sensitive soul to become a sensible & gentle soul requires courage. Breaze is about practicing paying loving attention with that courage.
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Samuel J. Kirschner