Focused attention is likely the prime measure of life quality. The more we live in a state of flow, presence, and grounded awareness, the more life we get out of our existence. Quality time is time under attention. Mindful eternity.
In modern civilization, we have sacrificed our attentional freedom to the gods of consumer capitalism. Yet we can rebel against these gods and reclaim our freedom by training our attentional self-control.
Such training is a disciplined commitment to mindfulness exercises. Daily meditation. For with meditation, we can revolt against the shackles of our sick, crooked culture. We can regain the freedom to choose what we focus our attention on.
As long as our minds are enslaved, we will keep paying attention to
- our self-image (especially what other people might think of us),
- cheap entertainment (the easiest escape from the reality of a shitty life),
- whatever marketers make us pay attention to (whatever can be monetized),
- the news (an opportunity to busy ourselves with problems that are not ours),
- our phones (to follow, on social media, the lives of people we barley even know),
- our fears, worries, angers, and anxieties (often masked as ambition, planning, thinking, and self-motivation),
- the prospect of evening relaxation, weekend partying, holiday traveling, etc. (anything but how we actually live the greater part of our days, weeks, and years), and
- the Internet (advertisements, basically; by the way, buy my book).
By liberating our minds through mindfulness training, we could be paying attention to
- fauna and flora and rivers and stars,
- the dynamic evolution of our True Will,
- our belly moving in and out with our breath,
- the warm presence of fellow humans and sexy ladies,
- prideful expressions of our will, our love, and the skills we keep developing,
- other people’s creative expressions (art, books, music, stories, jokes, arguments, behaviors), and
- the stillness of the Now.
To focus our attention instead of drowning in consumerism, we practice meditation.
To cool our minds at will and not die a mental heat death, we practice meditation.
To rebel against false gods and move ad libertatem naturae, we practice meditation.
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