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Conscious Choices: A Guide to Self-Directed Learning. Chapter Three Attention: Comprehension and Focus. What is Attention?. A quality of intentionally focusing, observing, noticing, or concentrating. An awareness of what you are perceiving in your internal or external world. Inner Attention

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conscious choices a guide to self directed learning

Conscious Choices:A Guide to Self-Directed Learning

Chapter Three

Attention:

Comprehension and Focus

what is attention
What is Attention?
  • A quality of intentionally focusing, observing, noticing, or concentrating.
  • An awareness of what you are perceiving in your internal or external world.
types of attention
Inner Attention

Awareness or observation of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations

Selective Attention

Brings to our awareness only a fraction of the perceivable stimulus. It is a natural process that protects us from overload.

Types of Attention
the power of attention
The Power of Attention
  • Attention is a force that creates direction in your life—what you pay attention to is given greater value or importance.
  • You pay for attention with your energy and time.
what is flow
What is Flow?
  • Effortless attention
  • Timeless state that occurs when you are totally absorbed in doing something you enjoy
types of distractions
Outward Distracters

Uncomfortable or unusual environmental situations

Inward Distracters

Physiological, emotional, or psychological

Types of Distractions
what is present minded thinking
What is Present-Minded Thinking?
  • Keeping thoughts and emotions focused on what is going on right now.
  • Paying attention to what is happening only at the present time.
  • Not worrying or thinking about the future or recalling the past.
distracting emotional states
Distracting Emotional States
  • Extremely intense emotions
  • Boredom
  • Impatience
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
strengthening attention
Strengthening Attention
  • Clarity of purpose – connect goals
  • Good posture – straight spine
  • Oxygen – breathe!
  • Grounding – split awareness
  • Mindfulness – slow down thoughts
active listening
Active Listening
  • It is the difference between hearing words and really understanding what is said.
  • Requires asking questions, restating what is said, and quieting our own thoughts
accurate observation
Accurate Observation
  • Intentionally analyze what you are looking at.
  • Notice differences or similarities.
  • Be as objective as possible—just the facts.