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 present age of distraction, it is even more important to preserve and nurture your precious attention.
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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.
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.
Real attention, to life happening around you and to people and the world you dwell in, is almost like a prayer.
Focus your attention 100% on the task at hand. Anything less is not ideal.
If you are getting distracted all the time, with email notifications, facebook updates, or a ringing telephone, you are essentially getting robbed of your attention.