​Does attention, as an action, transform?

Commentary by José Parés Pérez, Concepción, Chile.

Being aware, paying attention to ourselves, means being aware that we are alive and observing how we feel at the present moment.  If I really feel an interest in myself, I have the ability to realise that I realise it.

In more elegant terms, by being aware that I am aware.  Man’s activities can be summarised as thinking, feeling and doing.  Feeling and doing are activities that can only be carried out in the present moment.  Thinking, on the other hand, has the ability, which is almost exclusively human, to create a time (psychological) based on our natural and learnt instincts and on the memories that we have accumulated.  In the activity of thinking, we invest our attention in thinking and that, as is widely known, time can easily pass by filling us with emotions, resentments, desires, hopes, dislikes, distress and more.

In other words, thought is the source of the problem of man’s existence.   Activity denotes an action that, by expending energy, produces a change in the existing situation.  All of our activities: thinking, feeling and doing, obey this universal law.  The ability to pay attention to what we do is not an optional ability.   We cannot, at least while we are awake, as far as I understand it, fail to pay attention to something we do.  Distracting ourselves is just a change of focus for our attention.

In conclusion, every human activity produces a change in the existing situation.  I have practised paying attention to learning about the details of the art of painting and the result has boosted my joy of living.  But more than anything it has encouraged me because just paying attention to feeling happy while I paint, has transformed feeling happy into something that is very important to me.     ?

Commentary by José Parés Pérez, Concepción, Chile.

Being aware, paying attention to ourselves, means being aware that we are alive and observing how we feel at the present moment.  If I really feel an interest in myself, I have the ability to realise that I realise it.

In more elegant terms, by being aware that I am aware.  Man’s activities can be summarised as thinking, feeling and doing.  Feeling and doing are activities that can only be carried out in the present moment.  Thinking, on the other hand, has the ability, which is almost exclusively human, to create a time (psychological) based on our natural and learnt instincts and on the memories that we have accumulated.  In the activity of thinking, we invest our attention in thinking and that, as is widely known, time can easily pass by filling us with emotions, resentments, desires, hopes, dislikes, distress and more.

In other words, thought is the source of the problem of man’s existence.   Activity denotes an action that, by expending energy, produces a change in the existing situation.  All of our activities: thinking, feeling and doing, obey this universal law.  The ability to pay attention to what we do is not an optional ability.   We cannot, at least while we are awake, as far as I understand it, fail to pay attention to something we do.  Distracting ourselves is just a change of focus for our attention.

In conclusion, every human activity produces a change in the existing situation.  I have practised paying attention to learning about the details of the art of painting and the result has boosted my joy of living.  But more than anything it has encouraged me because just paying attention to feeling happy while I paint, has transformed feeling happy into something that is very important to me.