So thrilled to discover Margaret Wheatley’s work in my Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. Such wisdom and perspective.
We create ourselves by what we chose to notice.
“Once this work of self-authorship has begun, we inhabit the world we have created. We self-seal. We don’t notice anything except those things that confirm what we already think about who we already are. When we succeed in moving outside of our normal processes of self-reference and can look upon ourselves with self-awareness, then we have a chance at changing. We break the seal. We notice something new.”
Margaret asks in a recent article, “Are we so distracted that we can no longer pay attention to where we are and where we’re going?”
She explains here how we cannot stop the proliferation of seductive technologies or the capacity destroying dynamics of distraction. But we can change our own behavior.
“To restore good human capacities—thinking, meaning-making, discerning—we need to develop discipline.”
“We need to be mindful of distraction, and disciplined enough to shut off the computer, put the phone down, make time for casual conversations, sit patiently, and listen—all without getting anxious that we’re wasting time, that we won’t get through our to-do list, that we’re missing out on something.”
So my dear Spa Time Living readers, I invite you to to slow down and notice.
Set the intention to pause. To let go. To disconnect.
Let’s start right here.
Leave a comment below and tell me one thing you plan to do today to disconnect from the outside distractions and reconnect with self-awareness, mindfulness and presence?