There is something about our "attention"--it does not stay still.  Yves Citton once again:  "even if our perceptive and mental apparatus experiences constant twitches and movements, the intensification of our technologies and communication practices is leading to the gradual disappearance of moments and places where our attention is not being solicited by a chaotic multiplicity of external stimuli."  He goes on to talk about the importance, the necessity, of fostering occasions of "attentional concentration."  For me, reading, writing, and prayer are such occasions.  What are they for you?  What do you do that is "unplugged"?  The effort demanded to create such occasions is always high.  In other words, they will only happen because I chose them and make space for them--they require a different kind of effort than reaching for the phone, turning on MSNBC, checking email, surfing the web, etc.  When we lose the experience of intentional concentration and the how it awakens a whole other level of engagement, we become increasingly vulnerable to the solicitations of "a chaotic multiplicity of external stimuli."

 

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