Mindfulness: Attention & Intention

08/26/2021

"Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience."
-Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is learning how to be present in the moment. It's learning how to listen to yourself without judgement, and experience life on life's terms. Mindfulness brings out quite a few qualities. Today we are going to focus on two: attention and intention.

Attention

Attention is choosing to be awake in each moment of being alive. It is learning how to take control of our thoughts, one thought at a time. It can look like directing our focus to where we want it. Therapists call it thought stopping. Christians call it taking every thought captive, spiritualists and those who meditate just call it mindfulness. When we focus our attention, we are focusing on one thought at a time and choosing to ignore everything else. When practiced we discover insights into ourselves.

Intention

Intention is the purposeful choice to act. Intention takes the thought when we are paying attention to and chooses to let the thought stay or let it go. Intentionality makes decisions. Attention says I noticed I binge eat when I watch t.v. Intentionality says, I won't watch t.v when I eat, or I will only prepare a small amount of food, so I don't mindlessly eat. Being mindful helps us to discover our unwanted and desired behavioral patterns. Intentionality gives us the chance to act on the desirable action. 


Did You Know

According to Psychology Today, the first step in learning mindfulness is to "Catch auto-pilot."
"This is my recommendation to those starting off learning about mindfulness - to "catch auto-pilot as soon as possible." Our minds are more away than present. Autopilot is pervasive. A first step in cultivating greater mindfulness is to first notice that your mind has wandered off. The sooner you notice this, the more effective you will be in practicing mindfulness.[1]


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