When I started thinking about attention and what I could say about it, so much came to mind. Not necessarily ideas, but examples: times when I did or didn’t pay enough attention to my child, my friends, maybe one of you. Times when I did or didn’t pay enough attention to details, or the grand picture. Times when I did or didn’t mess up on an important issue because instead of giving it my full attention, I was multi-tasking. The more I thought about attention, the more overwhelmed I got, until I finally found myself taking in a deep, sharp breath.
And I stopped, and I paid attention to that. Because I have learned that taking in a deep sharp breath like that is my body’s way of telling me to just take a moment and gather myself. Calm down. Take a little break.
There are so many parts of our lives that require us to pay attention to other people or other things and issues that we rarely give the same time and priority to pay attention to ourselves. How are we doing? Are we well? What’s our energy level like? Where do we maybe hurt a little? What do we need?
So many things require and deserve our attention. But, so do we. Paying attention to ourselves, caring about ourselves, in intentional and exquisite ways, is not selfish. It keeps us in good working order so we can bring our best – or at least our better – selves to all the pressing matters around us. So maybe take yourself out to coffee, to lunch, take a walk on the beach or have a cup of peppermint tea on the patio. And pay attention to yourself. Rediscover your needs, your wants, your dreams, and get back in touch with the amazing person that you are!