Attention Means Attention

^z 5th June 2023 at 5:50pm

From Charlotte Joko Beck's talk "Attention Means Attention", quoted from Nothing Special: Living Zen in Tricycle magazine Fall 1993:

... every moment in life is absolute in itself. That's all there is. There is nothing other than this present moment; there is no past, there is no future; there is nothing but this. So when we don't pay attention to each little this, we miss the whole thing. And the contents of this can be anything. This can be straightening our sitting mats, chopping an onion, visiting someone we don't want to visit. It doesn't matter what the contents of the moment are; each moment is absolute. That's all there is, and all there ever will be. If we could totally pay attention, we would never be upset. If we're upset, it's axiomatic that we're not paying attention. If we miss not just one moment, but one moment after another, we're in trouble. ...

(cf This (2013-03-09), Listen to the Traffic (2014-11-12), No Drama (2015-01-16), Attention, Attention, Attention (2015-03-03), Mantra - Attention, Attention, Attention (2017-05-27), This Moment (2019-01-09), ...) - ^z - 2019-09-18