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Monday, July 27, 2009 by Marianne Elliott

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Sunrise meditation on Mt Batur in Bali. Photo by Leah Simon

Qu: What do writing, yoga, meditation and human rights all have in common?

Answer: They all involve paying attention.

(Other answers may also be correct, in fact they almost certainly are)

William James said:

Everyone knows what
attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and
vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible
objects or trains of thought. Focalization, concentration, of
consciousness are of its essence. It implies withdrawal from some
things in order to deal effectively with others, and is a condition
which has a real opposite in the confused, dazed, scatterbrained state
which in French is called distraction, and Zerstreutheit in German.


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4 Responses to "Pop quiz"

  1. Andi says:

    I am a big W. James fan. Great quote! I am always working on paying attention. I have such a monkey mind…

  2. Lisa says:

    This is a fabulous (and very relevant) quote!
    Thank you for sharing it 🙂
    LOVE the breathtaking photo as well.

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  4. Paris Parfait says:

    Isn’t that the truth? All involve paying attention – so why do I find it so difficult to sit still??!! Sigh.

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