What have you been paying attention to the last few days?. What was useful, valuable or necessary?. What was not? What was contributing to improving the situation? What was not?
What you pay attention to matters. It matters a lot.
Because what you pay attention to expands. It grows. It increases.
That’s a principle of life based on an understanding of how life energy works.
If you pay attention to what’s wrong with your relationship, it gets worse and worse. If you pay attention to pain, it lasts longer. If you pay attention to how little money you have, it’s very hard to bring more in.
Equally, if you pay attention to how much you love your partner or your friends, that love grows. If you pay attention to getting healthy, pain reduces or disappears. If you pay attention to receiving money generously, more of it comes in.
Many super successful entrepreneurs talk about focus being the biggest key to success. They understand the power of attention. Successful marketers are masters of getting your attention. The media thrives on attention.
So let’s have a look at some different ways of paying attention.
If you’re worrying about someone you’re sending a subtle message to that person that they’re not going to be okay. That message is energy and it directly affects the person you’re worrying about, although they may not be able to put a finger on why. When you stop worrying and find a more generous way of thinking about them, they will feel different too.
When you’re obsessed with the news, you’ve let the media take over your attention to the extent that you’re no longer in control. It’s an addiction, it’s running your thoughts, emotions and actions. Can you imagine what’s being grown by all that attention?
3. Avoidance or escapism
If you’re actively trying to avoid or minimise what’s happening you’re paying attention to it at a subtle level all the time. You have to work hard to keep things out of your mind in a noisy, fearful environment, and that simply grows them without you being aware of what you’re doing..
If you’re excited or engaged in the drama of what’s going on, you’re giving highly charged attention to it. This is attention on steroids, so have a look at what you’re excited about and ask if it’s really and truly what you want to expand.
5. Rational thought
Thinking clearly and exploring what’s true or not true carries less emotional charge than all the forms of attention I’ve listed above. It’s clearly a better basis for decisions and a necessary level of understanding for us to function well as a society. It’s important to notice when your rationality starts to shift into worry, obsession, avoidance or excitement, because you can quickly slip into growing problems by being overly rational.
Love is interesting because it sees goodness in situations and therefore grows goodness. In the growing of goodness, fear, worry and drama naturally subside. Diseases heal more quickly in an environment of love. Relationships and families thrive on love. And money flows more smoothly in an atmosphere of love, abundance and generosity, rather than fear, scarcity and selfishness.
What would be happening in the world now if we understood the power of our attention?
What information would you be paying attention to?
What would you be talking about with your family and friends?
How would you be spending your time?
How much more quickly, can we heal the global phenomenon of the coronavirus, if we approach it with love, rather than fear?
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From Worry to Love
How to use the power of your attention to make a difference to all of us