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

Hey Beach Girl Abroad, What’s a Vision Book?

What’s a vision book you ask? Why, it’s the method to the madness!

Imagine vision board, scrapbook, and personal goal setting fusion.

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The vision-book idea was born as I gathered treasured mementos, photographs, and plane tickets collected in Asia as the year came to a close. In addition to memorabilia, I cut my vision board, made during the Artist’s Way course, into smaller pieces and glued ’em in. Last year, after introduced to personal goal setting during a brief stint at lululemon, I began adding 10-year plans envisioning my future. Yes, a 10 year plan, with goals in increments of one, five, and ten years.

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Vision Boards, Inspirational Scribbles, and Plane Tickets to Exotic Locales

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Set Personal Goals: One, Five, Ten Year Plans

Look back into your book every so often to stay on track, evaluate what is working (and what is not), and whenever you need an inspirational boost. Have fun, and don’t forget, visualizing a wild, crazy, beautiful life for yourself is wonderful, but perfection does not exist. Our imperfections are what make us gorgeous human beings, and sometimes our biggest failures end up our greatest lessons, which in turn, amount to our success. Have a vision of where you’re going, and remain flexible along the journey.

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Always Include Mementos and Photographs with Dear Friends and Teachers