Where we put our attention is important. It shapes our awareness as a person and opens up a chain of thoughts and feelings which then guide us into our next moment. Our attention is what we focus on, and of course, as we go through our day, our attention shifts many times from tasks at hand, to memories and plans, and places of the imagination.
However, often we are given a choice on where our attention falls. We can be offered a range of ways to explore the world at any given time and we choose which to take. We could read a paper or watch television. We could read or book or listen to some music. We make choices like this all the time. And it doesn't really matter. What matters is the feeling behind our attention. We can talk about lots of bad things, wrong doings and tell people sad stories. This is ok if our intention is to educate and help, to enlighten to empower, or to spread awareness of issues we feel need addressing or highlighting. It's not a problem to talk about negative things like many new age teaching sometimes suggest. To ignore wrong doing is to allow wrong doing and that in itself, in my opinion, is wrong. Our intention behind our action is what gives our attention its direction and it is our intention that opens up the floodgates of possibility which await us. If we flow with our truth, go with what feels right and good to us, then we can be sure that our attentions fall on the world like the rest of us, but what we do with it is for the good. If we go about with our intentions in the wrong place, to create drama, to cause tensions or to belittle, to bring harm, emotionally, physically or both, then our attentions also shape the possibilities in that direction. We become self serving shadows and our world begins to resemble the inside of our hearts, either bright and full of blessings or dark and crumbling away. Our intentions towards others and ourselves is what creates our moment and is the guiding wind that pushes us forward in this strange relationship we are in called reality.
Feel good, do good, be good.
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