Deep thought of the Day: Pay Attention.

A mantra on my mind as of late hasn’t been in Sanskrit but in plain English:

Pay attention to yourself.

And as an expansive yang to the contractive yin of my mantra…

Pay attention to those paying attention to you.

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In our hyper-connected world, it’s all too easy to get caught up in awe, comparison, even vying for the attention of others. Perhaps others on who’s radars we don’t even exist. Even if we appear as a tiny blip, how much energy must we expend before we realize that energy would be better served in the direction towards not only ourselves, but those actually looking at us directly in the eye?

How can anything happen if we seek far off and over the horizon? The only way I can think to spread light is to start right here. With those on my own radar, and myself on theirs.

And who’s the person who should (and I rarely use the word “should”!)  always be on my radar? Me. My purpose. My work. My body and mind’s needs. My relationships. My fun. My productivity. My energy. My happiness.

Paying attention to those looking at me seems the logical next step. Above acknowledging someone taking the time to come to my yoga class, or comment/”like” my contributions to the world out of all the 1000 bagillions of yoga classes or social media posts out there, I mean paying attention at a subtler level. Paying attention to the light energy and the dark energy coming your way. Be aware. Team up, or don’t. Respond, or don’t. Reflect in the light; bounce away from the dark.

And I have to remind myself, and share with you, not to take it personally if no acknowledgement is heard back at all. Sometimes the radar gets foggy and overwhelmed. We have to forgive each other and understand that maybe, just maybe, a person is taking some time to contract and pay attention to…shocker…themselves. Or something else important in their lives. This does not mean silent love and acknowledgement isn’t being sent your way.

My life is full, exciting, and its exactly, no!…more-so…as I manifested it to be when I gave up what I “should” be doing, what wasn’t fun or fulfilling. I’m grateful. I say thank you every day. I’m also aware of a lingering self/world-doubt: I’m ready to be happy with myself even if it all gets taken out from under me. Things can change in an instant, a rough lesson I learned as a child. Just keep going.

However, I’m trusting that with awareness, by this paying attention, and by simply trusting, that it won’t.

Pay attention to yourself.

Pay attention to those paying attention to you.

How do you pay attention to yourself? How do you pay attention and become aware of others surrounding you, and how do you interact with the light and darkness of those eyes on you? Would love to hear your thoughts, my friends!

 

Coconut kisses,

Beach Girl

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8 thoughts on “Deep thought of the Day: Pay Attention.

  1. Its not until recently that I started to pay attention to myself, to listen to my own North Star pointing me in the right direction. Before, it was logic or others’ expectations that were marring my true path.

    Since I’ve started to listen to myself, things started to really fall into place and I feel myself fulfilled and grateful in ways that I never felt possible. And that’s why I feel – much like yourself – how important it is to PAY ATTENTION.

    As to becoming aware of those who are paying attention to ME, it is something I am learning, and hope to keep my eyes and heart open to those who are finding themselves gravitating towards me. It’s a good reminder that your mantra goes both ways – I thank you for that.

    • I thank you, Debby, for reading and such a lovely comment! You’re taking strides, risks…and this zinged into your awareness because you are already on the road to it all….if we start by “paying attention to ourselves” perhaps the rest of the paying attention will follow with ease 🙂

  2. a friend of mine had posted a quote this morning

    “it’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. it’s necessary” – Mandy Hale

    my response was “word! always look out for number one =)” I’ve had “toxic” friends before and realized that they were really like parasites sucking the life out of me. I learned that you cannot help someone if they are not willing to help themselves, so I decided to let them go. Since then I’ve surrounded myself with people that have a brighter light to them. I can feel their energy, happiness, and passion for life, and I hope that I am reciprocating the same to them. You are one of those lights Elisa! =) I am so glad that Amanda invited me out to try yoga, she had told me that she was certain that I was going to say no. Starting yoga and meditation have made such a positive impact on my life. ❤

  3. YES YES YES!!! Elisa this post is perfect. I pay attention to me by making sure I get my quiet time. Moments to myself whether in my yoga practice, taking a walk, reading in the park, or floating in the ocean. Having time to sit with my thoughts without the everyday noise. Spa days with lots of pampering always work too 😉 love this post my dear. shine on. xoxo

    • Wow! I am overwhelmed + touched by the positive response on this post! And perfect post, really?! 🙂 Is there such thing…? Well, I’m flattered. And so grateful to you for sharing what works for you, dear…yoga, walks, reading under a tree, floating…. It’s the simple that can be the most Divine. You’ve got it right. Love you, Leslie.

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