Attention

Posted on Nov 23, 2018 in Self-Help

In the tornado of thought stream (worries, regrets, arrangements etc.), I find myself wondering, “If I put this thought on pause to instead be present, am I being avoidant? By not tending to this inner dialogue, am I dodging my duty to deal with the topic of internal discussion?

 

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The truth however is that — to drift into dream state, to be swallowed by story, to lose oneself in the mind — could, in parallel, be categorized as avoidant behavior, seen as escaping THIS moment.


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I realized that though the pull to engage in thought feels strong — of magnetic force at times — I have equal obligation to the reality OUTSIDE my head, in front of my eyes, around my ears, on my tongue, under my nose, beneath my toes…

To come back to the senses, without filtering the gathered information through a judging, evaluating or measuring mind, is to find center. It is to travel IN the tornado, sheltered at the eye of the storm.


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This is not to compare the spiraling surround to the still center on the basis of importance or holiness.

 

From our highest satellite perspective we can see the value in both the ferocious walls of a cyclone and its calm interior. We can appreciate how they balance each other and their environment. We can awe at their individual magic.

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When we recognize our agency, we can access the power of both. Instead of being caught by, we can use the whirling thought freeway – for planning or practicals or play. Likewise, we can tune in to our objective sense reality for pause, for purity and to regain our poise.

We can choose

to ride the current 

or to rest in what is truly current.

 

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