The Art of Living Attuned

The Pitfalls and Rewards of Selective Attention

Okay – before you read on – watch this vid:

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Seriously, watch the video first. It’ll be more fun that way…

Did you see it?

Bravo if you did. Not only did I not see the gorilla, I went right back to the start of the video to make sure it wasn’t a trick  (like – they put the gorilla in the second piece of footage.) That’s how much I didn’t see him stop right there in the middle of the group and pound his hairy little chest.

And this is how the whole of our lives work. If we are intently focused on anything, it really is all we can see. Focused on failure? fear? lack? anger? limitation? The list goes on and on. Our lives are comprised of our perceptions, and what we perceive is what we’re focusing on.

Of course there’s joy, gratitude, abundance, love, compassion, possibility, courage! There’s no shortage of fabulous perspectives to stand in – and we get to pick.

What we focus on expands, and if we take our attention off all of those negative saboteur voices and ideas that just love to run our lives, we begin to lose sight of them, and their grip on us loosens. The trick is not to eradicate them from our lives, it is simply to turn our focus away, and toward what it is that we really want. And then go get it!

Good to ponder:

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.” – Winston Churchill


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