What are you Paying Attention to?
I’ve been observing myself for a few days now. There’s been an uptick in activity during my day job and a feeling of depletion for anything that takes place after work. This time, however, it’s different. I’ve got a purpose and a passion; it feels more like a lack of inspiration. I’ve struggled to think of topics to blog about and my eyes have been feeling like they’re out of focus. Where’s the spark?
So this past Sunday while I’m driving my partner to an event, I find myself thinking about work, and people at work, and my roles at work, so on and so forth. Then I stopped and asked myself, “What the bleep are you thinking about?” Because seriously, it wasn’t a new conversation. In an instant, once I confronted myself, I was forced to be aware of my thoughts and be present. Almost immediately, I was noticing my surroundings. How pretty the trees looked as the early morning light was rising, the formation of natural cloud trails. It was a stunningly gorgeous autumn morning and I spent the beginning of it having a redundant conversation with myself.
Too often we are distracted. Society likes to blame the onset of mobile devices – and I’m no expert so I’m not going to refute this. However, we also have to acknowledge it’s just human nature. People have been easily distracted as long as the concept of mindfulness has existed. It comes as no surprise that it’s easier now (thanks technology), but we’re all predisposed to this behavior. My point is, pay attention to what you’re paying attention. Where is your energy going? What is it being taken from? How does it make you feel?
It may behoove us to be more observant. Especially as creatives and just human beings that have an appreciation for life. Notice your thoughts without acting on them. Give yourself a break and just watch them float by like clouds. I guarantee you will feel instant relief when you don’t go chasing after them.