“If you don't pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention that it deserves.”
—David Allen (author of Getting Things Done)
Yin & Yang
The Taoist principles of Yin and Yang emphasize the importance of balance in life.
As a culture, we tend to be very Yang — there’s a lot of emphasis placed on doing, and relatively little attention paid to the Yin elements of life, that include being and allowing.
The imbalance that this creates can lead to having less energy, increased levels of stress and ultimately to burnout or disease.
The Age of Distraction
There’s so much competing for your attention in these modern times that it’s easy to get into the habit of focusing most of your attention externally and, as a result, getting disconnected from your own internal world.
“We’re Already the Most Over-Informed, Under-Reflective People in the History of Civilization.”
— Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey
(Harvard University Psychologists)
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