When I got up this morning the kitchen was filled with white light. Standing at the kitchen sink, waiting for the kettle to boil, I fixed my gaze on the source. The moon. There we were, "eyeball" to eyeball - the magnificent full moon and me.
It was short-lived. The kettle boiled, the moon dropped behind the clouds. Yet this brief encounter set the tone for my day. Triggering my awareness and widening the range of my attention. Reminding me of wise words.
Earlier this year I spent twelve weeks in India. In one spot, in the Himalaya, completing my studies to become a teacher of Vedic meditation. The setting was spectacular. The learning was intense.
Towards the end I asked the teacher for guidance. What one thing could I take away, out in to the world to continue my growth. His answer was short and surprising.
"Pay less attention to the humans".
By way of confirmation, my first thought was "what else is there?" Really! That is what I thought. Immersed in nature, as removed from my densely peopled life as I had ever been. "What else is there?"
I can be forgiven my initial, singular view. I am not alone. We live our lives as if it is all about the humans. Interacting, observing, commentating, critiquing, reviewing, speculating....
But this is not the point. As I did, back in India, let's come at this from the other end. Stop and notice - what else is there? The multitude of "other" that is the world around us.
Wherever you are as you read this, right now - what can you see? What can you hear? Start with these two senses and pay attention to the world around you.
I hear birds, traffic, running water, a gas boiler firing, the keyboard clicks. I see the kitchen I am in, all it contains. Beyond, treetops, rooftops, a wide expanse of sky.
I let my attention rest on these, lightly. Simply to notice. These few moments of putting my attention elsewhere create a feeling of spaciousness. Being in the present moment.
How much time and energy do you devote to the humans - in all guises, on all media?
To what extent could you "pay less attention to the humans"?
Experiment, do research. Pay attention to what else is around you.
Notice the difference when you widen your field of attention.
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