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Attention | Lars Toomre

Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Attention

Saying Something Pointless

A witty saying proves nothing, but saying something pointless gets people's attention.

Thought for Today: Listen In

Twilight reflects of a bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

Only when we find the quietness in our own minds can we begin to hear our inner teacher, so that we may receive some in-tuition. Only when we are ready to recognize and value the wisdom that we carry at the core of our being will we turn our attention inwards and 'listen in'. But it's been a long time since we truly listened, so a little practice and patience will be needed. Sit down, be quiet and listen in at some point today and you might be surprised at what you hear. Then do it again tomorrow. All you need to do is remember that you are the listener and not the noise.

The Artist's Way Every Day - August 12th

Blonde model Nina Agdal

There is a tension, an excitement, a spark of possibility in all great conversation. If writing is a conversation with life, then we must bring to that conversation our alert attention, our willingness to be surprised. We must bring our writer's world an open eye, an eye that is focused on the world around us and not merely on the inner world of our own concerns. Writing rewards practice. Writing rewards attention. Writing, like sex with the right partner, remains a gateway to greater mystery, a way to touch something greater than oneself. Writing is an act of cherishing. It is an act of love.

The Artist's Way Every Day - July 31st

Brunette beauty Marelisa Gibson was Miss Universe Venezuela 2010

As writers, care and maintenance of our writing muscles are necessary for our writing stamina. This means that we must take the time and attention necessary to fill the well instead of drawing on it unrelentingly and without consciousness of our inner limits. While this may sound difficult or onerous, the payoff in terms of our writing lives is enormous. Even the smallest amount of self-nurturance will have an immediate and beneficial impact on our writing. A regular and gentle program of self-care will result in a level of ease and authority in our writing that is often astounding.

Thought for Today: Comparison with Others

Single mangrove tree on empty plain under beautiful sunset

Comparing yourself with others will leave you vulnerable on three counts: you'll either feel inferior, superior or impressed. All three of these states are dangerous because they all disregard the underlying principle of our true connection with each other — mutual love and regard, based on independently generated self-esteem. To protect yourself from this vulnerability, make sure that your attention remains turned within, towards the spiritual experience of pure pride. Staying centred in your elevated self-respect will help you remain undisturbed by others around you. Keep asking yourself, "Who am I?" "How would my spiritual personality respond to this event or person?" this will help to centre you further, and allow you to enjoy the successful efforts of others.

Thought for Today: Peace Is Simplicity

Paris in blue light at sunset on one of the rare evenings of recent snowfall

Peace is simplicity. Simplicity is beauty. Choose a day as your day of simplicity. Speak little, and listen with attention. Do something incognito and nice for a person you are close to. Eat simple and natural food. Create time periods for not doing anything — just walk, look around, live the moment. Have your mind open to a more profound and silent sensitivity. Appreciate each scene and each person as they are. In the evening, write down your discoveries. Observe the state of your mind.

Thought for Today: Simplicity Is Beauty

Simple beauty of a Norwegian fjord rising up to mountain and blue sky

Peace is simplicity. Simplicity is beauty. Choose a day as your day of simplicity. Speak little, and listen with attention. Do something incognito and nice for a person you are close to. Eat simple and natural food. Create time periods for not doing anything $mdash just walk, look around, live the moment. Have your mind open to a more profound and silent sensitivity. Appreciate each scene and each person as they are. In the evening, write down your discoveries. Observe the state of your mind.

Top Tier Has Even Greater Influence

Brunette American Emily Deschanel smiles in front of green background

During the last few years, politics has worked perversely: taxes on the wealthy have been cut, and so have programs directed at the poor. The reason isn't difficult to explain. Many Americans — especially those who have been losing ground have given up on politics. As their incomes have shrunk, they've lost confidence that the "system" will work in their interest. That cynicism has generated a self-fulfilling prophesy. Politicians stop paying attention to people who don't vote, who don't work the phone banks or walk the precincts, who have opted out. And the political inattention seems to justify the cynicism. Meanwhile, the top tier has experienced precisely the opposite — a virtuous cycle in which campaign contributions have attracted the rapt attention of politicians, the attention has elicited even more money, which in turn has given the top tier even greater influence.

American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator (born 1946)

Thought for Today: Power To Tolerate

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park against a very blue sky and lake

You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence. It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving. And, as you do, you will experience your own self-esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.

Life Is Sweet When You Pay Attention

Blonde beauty Pia Pakarinen in glamour photo was Miss Universe Finland 2011

Life is sweet when you pay attention. When it doesn't seem sweet, put a sticker on your nose and do a funky dance.

American author of A Walk Through My Garden 2007

Thought for Today: Subtle Aspects of Anger

Giant wooden clip graces Chaudfontaine Park in Belgium by Mehmet Ali Uysal

How can we free ourselves from subtle aspects of anger? Keep the aim of making your each and every day — your every moment — victorious. Think: this day, these hours and minutes, will not come again. We can’t lose another second on this; our immediate attention is needed! If we are still thinking about something we don’t need to be thinking about, it means we are still wasting time and energy.

Thought for Today: All Are Significant

Large tiger and her two cubs snuggle together

In life you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "Hello".

The Artist's Way Every Day - April 7th

Blonde beauty Alize Lily Mounter (Miss England 2011) in a red swimsuit

If we will use writing to connect to ourselves, I believe we can connect across time and space and distance. I believe in the global village we are making, and I believe that in ordcer to make that village truly habitable, we will need to return to that page. We use the expression "I am paging him" when we speak of trying to get someone's attention to some busy intersection — a convention, an international airport, a large manufacturing concern. Our world, our global village, is all of these things, and if we want to get one another's attention, we do need to "page," in a slightly different sense that we need to write.

Thought for Today: The Spiritual Aspect Of Healthcare

Silence, pure thoughts and happiness contribute to healthy life near this lake

Silence, happiness, love and blessings are important aspects. Happiness leads to good health. It is only you who can give this medicine to yourself. Some bring illness to themselves through anger, greed, unfullfilled desires, expectations, suppression of feelings and relationships not based on true love. Look in your heart, you will know where your illness comes from. There are three ingredients for a long and healthy life: live with attention but without worry; use time in a worthwhile way; keep your thoughts pure, positive and filled with strength.

Thought for Today: The Secret Ingredient

A boardwalk curves off into the distance under puffy clouds

When we're cooking, our minds are working. When we're stirring and rolling and baking, we're thinking. Thinking creates vibrations because that's what thoughts do. The vibes affect both the food and the people who eat the food. So, cook with care; pay attention to what you are thinking; and don't forget that in the best of recipes, love is the secret ingredient.

The Artist's Way Every Day - March 8th

Brunette glamour model Holly Weber poses in yellow bikini at sunset

It takes an effort to be clear about things. It is easier and much sadder to be muddy, to never take the time to clarify our thoughts and connect to our own perceptions. The act of paying attention is what brings us peace. In mediation, we pay attention to the breath or to the image or to the mantra. We concentrate on something, and that concentration, that stillness, brings us to the point of knowing that we are all right, that God is in his heaven and all is right with the world — even if we believe in no God and no heaven. The act of concentration is that powerful, that filled with blessings.

Thought for Today: Self-Control

Old Mormon Barn peaks through winter mist at Grand Teton National Park

When things go wrong, our first thought is often about controlling the situations or people involved. But since neither the situations or people are in our hands, there is no success guaranteed with this way of thinking, which only increases the negativity. Instead of trying to control something I have no control upon, I need to start with myself. The more I am able to control myself with constant attention, checking and changing, the more I will have everything under control.

Thought for Today: The Secret of Good Health

Flow like a flowing brook is a secret to good physical and mental health

The secret of good health is good nourishment and exercise. We need daily nourishing food and exercise to maintain a healthy body and it takes care and attentiom to fulfil this responsibility. Making the effort underlines our value and importance as a human being. However, the human spirit needs the same attention in the form of the thoughts we have and how the mind puts them to use. Feeding both body and mind with nourishing food gives a powerful and consistent message to respect and co-operate with one another. This is holistic good health.

Thought for Today: Complete Everything

Complete everything before the day' sun sets under red coulds

A task left undone remains undone in two places — at the actual location of the task, and inside your head. Incomplete tasks in your head consume the energy of your attention as they gnaw at your conscience. They syphon off a little more of your personal power every time you delay. No need to be a perfectionist, that's debilitating in an imperfect world, but it's good to be a 'completionist'. If you start it, finish it...or forget it. Do it - or dump it!

Rapt Attention To One Another's Existence

Blonde model Tina Bockrath was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for May 1990

The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another's existence.

(Provenance of this author is uncertain)