a.k.a. attention, concentration, zanshin

There appear to be multiple things involved in focus: awareness, that is, noticing the thing to focus on in the first place; orientation, or being able to direct your attention to one thing rather than another; and self-control, or being able to maintain attention deliberately without being distracted. How do you know which one you need to work on most? Can you introspectively look at your unfocused moments and notice which of these seems to be letting you down?

Less “attention span” in particular seems to be a common modern ailment.

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Virtues possibly in tension

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