Monday, October 31, 2016
Daily Gratitudes: Attention
This image was prompted by the quote of poet Jane Hirshfield, "Zen pretty much comes down to three things: everything changes, everything is connected, pay attention."
I like simple things I can remember, and particularly commands that you instantly understand but can take a lifetime to master. It seems appropriate to pay a little more attention to "attention." So a few more quotes.
"When you approach something to photograph it,
first be still with yourself
until the object of your attention affirms your presence.
Then don't leave until you have captured its essence."
-- Minor White
"I think the one lesson I have learned is
that there is no substitute for paying attention."
-- Diane Sawyer
"The only factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance
is human attention."
-- Kevin Kelly, editor "Wired"
"There is a spiritual basis to attention,
a humility in waiting upon the emergence
of pattern from experience."
-- Mary Catherine Bateson, from Peripheral Vision
"Love begins with paying attention to others,
with an act of gracious self-forgetting."-- John O'Donohue, Anam Cara