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Paying close attention is an art and an act of the spirit - Sven Birkerts | Aeon Essays
It starts with the slightly awkward heave - leg up and over the seat, feet locating the stirrups - and the indrawn breath that says 'Let's go.' This is a new discipline for me, this stationary bike, and I make sure to pace myself.

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Attention and Mindfulness

Life passes us by in a hurry, and if we pay close attention, even to routine and boring chores, we are slowly able to get insights, which weren't visible before.

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Zen-like attention

To pay attention is to be present, not just in the body — but also in the spirit. Paying close attention, and being mindful invokes a different feeling, and unpeels the outer layers of life.

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A Million Distractions

A Million Distractions

Compared to the earlier centuries. the modern world has millions of things that demand our attention. Previous century works of poetry and literature are almost inconceivable now.

In this pre...

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Attention to Life

Real attention, to life happening around you and to people and the world you dwell in, is almost like a prayer.

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