How Closely Do You Pay Attention?
Sometimes it can take a while for the message to get through ...
Last week, my husband and I were listening to a podcast about transformation.
The host and his guest discussed many aspects of how this concept affects our lives emotionally, physically, and spiritually. There was a lot of ground to cover.
The podcast was longer than usual, running about an hour and a half. At the time, there seemed to be a lot of repetition in the dialogue, with the same questions being asked and answered, but in slightly different ways.
At least, that’s what it sounded like to me. Until I realized my concentration drifted - interrupted by the constant need to check my phone for email and scan a stream of incoming text messages.
I was completely distracted — until a phrase in the podcast broke through, touching me in a way that said, “Pay attention!”
Reluctantly, I set the phone to mute and put it phone down, then asked my husband to rewind the program so I could listen again — only this time with focus and intent.
We don’t always pick up the signals the first time.
Unfortunately, our minds have become accustomed to allowing interruptions and diversions into our thoughts, sending a desperate signal to attempt a multi-tasking cartwheel of activity that often leaves us frustrated and confused. Because we’ve learned to automatically tune out much of what our surroundings and environment are offering.
The result? Our attention is divided — and our awareness is compromised.
But when we take the time to become conscious and aware of what’s going on around us — in the here-and-now — we feel the tap on the shoulder or the heart, and understand there’s a message in all the noise, waiting to be heard.
Continue to rewind, replay, and let the message finally get through.
In health & happiness,
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Jill Reid is the founder of Pathway to Personal Growth and author of the Real Life Series, including Real Life, Discover Your Personal Truth, and Life in Small Doses. Her books are available in eBook and Paperback from Amazon.