“Attention shapes the brain. What we pay attention to is literally what we will build in our brain tissue. Our neurons wire in response to what we focus upon. “Paying loving attention is ultimately an act of kindness and compassion toward ourselves. If we love a child, we pay loving attention to her. We watch this child thrive as we give her our attention. We know this works. In this way we are not different rom the child. We too will thrive with loving attention and as adults, we have the capacity to give that attention to ourselves. Let’s practice simply paying loving attention, not rushing to judgment. Let’s practice “Welcome Everything; Push Away Nothing.” Rick Hanson
It’s happening all day & night. We’re always paying attention to something. But what kind of attention are you paying? Is it loving, kind & compassionate, or is it fearful, critical & judgmental? I was in China town today doing some food shopping, walking in the snow and enjoying it immensely, and then I had to wait for a bus. I noticed in the faces of some of the other people waiting that no one was sure if the bus was coming. Then the impatient pacing started. It was as cold as it was when I was walking before, but now I noticed that my mind was focused on “frost bites”, and other negative things that can happen to people who freeze. It was amazing how my whole attitude changed, and I found myself feeling anxious, worried and miserable. When I caught myself, (Oh, how I would love to have an APP that helps us catch ourselves going off…) I immediately woke up, and started to pay loving attention,slowing down my breath, breathing-in-kindness, breathing-out-compassion, shaking like a hummingbird-:), opening my heart, connecting to the breath in the snow, and returning to celebrating waiting for the bus in the snow! Once I was in that space, I was able to choose not to wait for the bus any longer – but to walk home in the snow. That choice was made in the present and not as a reaction to judgment, and it had in it a sweet quality, of not giving into negativity.
Samuel Jakob Kirschner, voice of the BREAZE