George Andersen

Philosophical Counselor

Archive for December, 2016

20 December

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity

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When we interact with other people, are we present?  Do we let people touch us with their presence?  Are we paying attention to the interaction?

Often, we think about what we want to say to our interlocutors, without taking in what they are saying.  Sometimes, we are physically there and mentally somewhere else; no wonder miscommunication occurs.

The attention we give others is a form of generosity and respect, as it is when we direct it towards ourselves.  When we are attentive to our thoughts and feelings, we learn about ourselves, which is one of the significant activities we undertake to improve ourselves.

Paying attention requires taking the time to open up and meaningfully receive.