Attention Involves Seeing And Hearing

=== Daily Quote ===

Attention involves seeing and hearing. We hear not only with our ears but also we are sensitive to the tones, the voice, to the implication of words, to hear without interference, to capture instantly the depth of a sound.

Sound plays an extraordinary part in our lives: the sound of thunder, a flute playing in the distance, the unheard sound of the universe; the sound of silence, the sound of one’s own heart beating; the sound of a bird and the noise of a man walking on the pavement; the waterfall. The universe is filled with sound.

This sound has its own silence; all living things are involved in this sound of silence. To be attentive is to hear this silence and move with it.

Letters to the Schools vol II, p 30

=== Thoughts ===

Do you ever really listen to the sounds of the world? Or do you only interpret them? Do you just scan them for meaning, merely skimming along on the surface of those noises, searching for something interesting enough to trap your attention for a few fleeting moments, before moving along to the next thing?

When you speak with people, do you listen to what they have to say? Or are you simply waiting until it becomes your turn to speak again? Have you ever listened not to what they’re saying, but to how it’s being said? Are you even aware that there’s a difference?

The noise of the world is all around you, at each and every moment, but have you even noticed? Most people haven’t.

Most people are far too busy following their own internal sounds- that incessant internal dialogue that each of us creates- comprised of thoughts, desires, and plans, that they’re simply too distracted to pay any attention to the world around them.

Have you ever really listened?

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