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  • Writer's pictureDanielleEastman

Noticing what we are "paying" our attention to.

Ooh, friends. I happened upon some interesting quotes around attention & focus recently, and they've inspired a new focus for us to play with this week in Aya. These memes/ideas have helped me look at focus and attention in a slightly new-to-me way, and I've found it pretty interesting (and pretty motivating too). I definitely wanted to share them with you, soooooo here they are! :)

1. "The scarcity in our world is no longer information and knowledge. The scarcity in our world is attention and the ability to focus that attention." -Mark Manson

2. "Energy is the currency of the universe. When you 'pay' attention to something, you buy that experience. So when you allow your consciousness to focus on someone or something that annoys you, you feed it your energy, and it reciprocates the experience of being annoyed. Be selective in your focus because your attention feeds the energy of it and keeps it alive. Not just within you, but in the collective consciousness as well." -Emily Maroutian

3. And the third was something Mel Robbins said in a podcast discussing morning routines. She was explaining why you should avoid looking at your phone while you do XYZ of your morning routine. "Why? Because the second you pick up that phone and you look at a text or an email you have now put the entire world in front of you. .... would you want them to walk into your bedroom every single morning? No, of course not. Would you want them to walk into the bathroom as you're standing there without underpants on brushing your teeth? No. Then why on earth are you letting them do that by looking at your phone? .... the second that you look at your phone, you are giving your most important resource as part of your million dollar war, which is your attention and your intention and your energy to other people. We gotta conserve that shit for yourself. Like your dreams, your energy, your focus, your intention, your attention, you gotta fight to keep that yours." -Mel Robbins

What do you think, friends?

I've heard the phrase "pay attention" my whole life. But I don't know if I've ever once thought of the word "pay" in the phrase before. That it really is like a payment! Wow.

And then Mel's visual of letting everyone in your feeds/inboxes in your door in the morning? Wow, yes. I mean, man, that visual was so powerful for me. It's inspired me to be more intentional with my phone in the morning.

How about you? Do any of those resonate with you at this time in your life? Have you thought of your attention in this way before?

I think they are really fascinating ideas. Here's how I was thinking we could play with this as we dance in class as well as through our lives this week:

1) Periodically checking in with ourselves to notice: "What am I paying my attention to?" 

2) And then considering "Is it how I want to be spending my most valuable resource? And/or, is it an energy I want to be feeding?"

3) Next, noticing if this awareness/consideration is helpful. Does it help us to be more intentional with our attention? Yay? Nay?

As always, I can't wait to see what we discover together this week!

See you soon, friends!

xx Dani


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