Attentionality is not something new, not a new idea or even concept however, since the more recent discoveries of quantum science concluding what seers have known for thousands of years – that by observation/attention we create our own realities – it comes further forward in terms of life considerations. Some people even believe we are here in physical reality to develop this very attribute.
When Deepak Chopra, https://www.deepakchopra.com/, talks about an average speaking, 60 000 thoughts a day within each of our minds but adds that the actual incredibility part of the ‘thinking’ equation, is that around 90% of them are the same today as yesterday, he is talking about attentionality. This is about what we place our attention on, conciously or otherwise. Now that’s a profound consideration and one which we must explore if we are to enage in this workable model called a Created Life Worth Living. And it is equally relevant to the Rebel within after-all, that simmering beneath the surface which grows inside us, will never reach it’s potential should we maintain a routine which changes by default, just the same 10% everyday.
So what does such a statement offer us in practical terms? Here is an exerp from an article I wrote some years ago about the Recovery Facade http://www.perscribo.moonfruit.com/#/articles/4551677424
Curiously, a person I work with complained that he felt he was in ‘Ground Hog’ day. He said that while each new day should be exactly that – a new day – for him, it wasn’t the case. He shared his distress that although he went to sleep each night, these new days did not bring the promise of a ‘clean slate’ or refreshed beginning and he would instead, wake to experience the ‘same shit’ as the day before.
Is this unusually so? I hear more often than I want to count, the ‘same shit different day’ expression in relation to the daily question of how are you and, how’s things? But wouldn’t logic dictate, given the above statements, that tomorrow will of course be the same as today when it is deliberately, or at least inadvertently, created to be like that?
Let’s take an example: If you were given a deck of cards and asked to build a card house from the whole deck wouldn’t that house look almost, if not exactly, like the house you would build tomorrow if asked the same question, by the same person, in the same environment, and given the same pack of cards to build with?
The idea that ‘we’ do not like change is preposterous given that our very existence is based on the premise of expansion and growth. The key however, is finding a balance between the two. If we think of a continuum with routine and structure at one extreme end of the scale, we can also equate bordem and therefore, a lack of growth with this environment. If we consider the other extreme end of the scale to hold complete uncertainty without any fixed points of reference, we can equate a similar lack of growth but this time, because there’s an absence of stability and rest – environments conducive to hypertrophy.
Amazingly, there is a space within these two points where we can quite literally, ‘have it all’
In a ‘usual’ life, a person exists predominantly toward the routine end of the scale. Routine brings certainty, certainty is predictable, and predictability means coping strategies can be developed, implemented, and maintained without anything more than minimum effort – Comfort. Ironically, this reenforces the thought “I don’t respond well to change”. No-one here is judging this comfort of course, as long as we realise and take responsibility understanding its inversely proportionate nature to the very growth we seek (it’s too close to the scale ends). Not every person will find the perfect sweet spot in the middle as per the proverbial bell curve above but, simply put?
any deviation away from the ends of the scale will result in stimulus followed by rest followed by growth
This understanding is most welcome after-all, creating a life which evolves at a rate we can see, feel, and appreciate as we age, may be easier than we first thought. Imagine, if 90% of your thoughts today are predictably the same 90% you are going to have tommorrow but instead, you actually and purposefully, decide to think differently for just 10% of the day?
Incredibly, you can instigate a changing future just by becoming aware of what you think about and, by seeking different things to do, say, learn, and think about each day – by chasing change.
The first habit from the late and great Stephen Covey https://www.stephencovey.com/ is proactivity, and here’s your opportunity. It’s simple, it’s quiet, it’s profound, and it comes from an intrinsic desire to not only better your life, but because you know you can. For the rebel ‘voice’ which simmers under the surface in many of us, this will be a welcome relief because one only need allow that rebel to ‘speak’. Achieving and sustaining a 10% difference to the way things ‘would have been’ is a no brainer, for tommorrow and every day thereafter. Rebels’ after-all, are predominantly creative.
I believe this discussion could go on and on and really has to be worth thinking about. But for now at least, I will sign off using a name that isn’t mine. Why? Beacuse I am being proactive – walking the talk – and because if I want to create an even more extraordinary tomorrow, I am chasing change right now.