Dr. Ned Hallowell does it again with a profound Crazy-Busy Tip of the Week:
I wrote last week about how easily our attention can be stolen and/or squandered. In an effort to "save" our attention, we may be tempted to simply focus on the straightforward and quick. But that, I think, would be a mistake for it leads to superficiality. Instead of living thoughtful lives that can be savored, I think that people are in danger of living sound-bite lives that they barely notice, let alone savor.
We might imagine that the smartest people are fast. Fast is with-it, slow is dull, or so we might believe. If we believe this, and focus our attention so that we are also fast, we risk getting rid of what matters most.
For instance, we may get rid of love and thought - both of which take lots of careful attention and time. If we're not careful, the acts of feeling and thinking deeply will increasingly become an activity of the few. Being stimulated or providing stimulation will become an activity of the many (think tv, games, almost all internet).
So, while you are thinking about how to keep your attention from being stolen, and how to focus your attention when so many competing interests would like to steal it from you, also consider how to retain depth and thought in your life.
Want to take a few quiet minutes with a cup of something hot to think about it right now?!
~June 24, 2008