a.k.a. being observant, sati
- lost in thought
- being unaware
Virtues possibly in tension¶
How to acquire or strengthen it¶
- Mindfulness meditation of various sorts seems to be the go-to technology here.
- Three Steps to Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice Zen Habits
- The meta-attentive skill of knowing when your mind is wandering / knowing when your attention is faltering seems key. Noticing that you’re losing focus is the first step in holding on to it. This seems at first glance like something that meditation is likely to be especially good for.
Notes and links¶
- Notes on Attention (David, LessWrong)
- "Mindful Living: Character Strengths Interventions as Pathways for the Five Mindfulness Trainings"
- integrating short mindfulness practices into your busy day
- Skills You Need: Mindfulness
- Skills You Need: Manage stress with mindfulness
- Skills You Need: Benefits of meditation
- Skills You Need: Mindful revolution
- “Mindfulness is nonconceptual awareness. Another English term for sati is “bare attention.” It is not thinking. It does not get involved with thought or concepts. It does not get hung up on ideas or opinions or memories. It just looks. Mindfulness registers experiences, but it does not compare them. It does not label them or categorize them. It just observes everything as if it was occurring for the first time. It is not analysis that is based on reflection and memory. It is, rather, the direct and immediate experiencing of whatever is happening, without the medium of thought. It comes before thought in the perceptual process.” -Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English (2011), p. 134