Pay Attention!
Sadhguru speaks about the importance of paying attention, and bring our attentiveness to a peak.
 
 

Sadhguru speaks about the importance of paying attention, and bring our attentiveness to a peak.

Sadhguru: The only reason why someone is a mystic and someone is not, is lack of attention. Someone is an artist, someone is not. Why? Lack of attention. Someone can shoot straight and someone cannot. Why? Lack of attention. From the simplest to the highest things, it is just lack of attention.

Your levels of attention are different at different times, and whatever the peak attention that you have had in your life at any time, that is still not all of it. You are capable of much more attention.

Whatever attention level you have right now is not all that is possible. There is more but that is still redundant, it is still in an un-manifest state where you do not have access to it. So, at least you must pay all of what you have. But even with your mental attention, you are at different levels of attention at different times of your life and at different times of the day. If you are doing your work, you are in one level of attention. If you are in meditation you are in a different level of attention. If you are eating something that you like very much, you are in a different level of attention. Your levels of attention are different at different times, and whatever the peak attention that you have had in your life at any time, that is still not all of it. You are capable of much more attention.

A few years ago, I took a small group of people on a trek on a railway track between Subramanya and Mangalore. This stretch has over 300 bridges and 100 tunnels. You are practically either on a bridge or in a tunnel most of the time, and it is an absolutely wonderful mountain. Some of the tunnels are over a kilometer long. Even in the day it is pitch dark. You cannot see your own hand in front of you. Probably most people have never been in a place like that because wherever you are there is some light. Even the starlight gives you some sense of vision. But in those tunnels, after some time you do not know whether your eyes are open or closed, it is that dark.

Spirituality happens only because you paid attention to your life and you saw that you don’t know where it begins and where it ends.

I made them walk in those tunnels without any torches. Initially, people were so terrified but after some time, slowly they started walking and enjoying the whole experience. If you are in a place like that, your attention becomes really heightened. If you can keep your attention like this every moment of your life then you will glow. You will really glow.

At the ashram, I am constantly pushing people to notice even little things. This is not just about the cleanliness or aesthetics of the place but just to be absolutely attentive to every little thing. If a pebble has turned over, you must notice it. It is not a question of the pebble, it is just that you are attentive. If you bring this attention to a peak, if you learn to have a heightened sense of attention, then we can teach you methods as to what you must and what you should not attend to within yourself.

If you pay much more attention to everything, if you heighten your ability to be attentive, that could be used in miraculous ways.

Right now, we are still working on people to get them to a certain level of attention. If you become very attentive, we can look at how to make use of that attentiveness. Spirituality happens only because you paid attention to your life and you saw that you don’t know where it begins and where it ends. You are going about as if whatever you are doing is the be all and end all of life. The moment you pay a little attention, you understand “This is not it.”

So, the very first step of even thinking spiritual came to you only because of a certain level of attention. If you pay much more attention to everything, if you heighten your ability to be attentive, that could be used in miraculous ways.

Editor's Note: Find more of Sadhguru's insights on the potential of the human mind, in “Mind is Your Business”.

 
 
 
 
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4 years 11 months ago

thanks! that really helps clarify my understanding

5 years ago

Deep within the adits and shafts of mines like Zawar lead and zinc mines you get a similar feeling - and when there is blasting and the whole mine shakes and reverberates -well, you are attentive!

4 years 11 months ago

u can go beyond happies and scaries after sometime, when u are really observing something, alertly. not scared alert or shocked alert, simply u are knowing that a butterfly is walking on your hand and if u move it flies away or u may fall off a cliff. that quality which is making you aware of the situation is the attention..

you don't pay attention. you simply pay attention.. ;)

5 years ago

Sharan adainthane sadhgurunatha..Bless me sadhguru

4 years 11 months ago

please see my response to Priya..

5 years ago

Let me implement it in my life. :)

3 years 10 months ago

It is sad that most of the technology around us is built with the idea that "humans have limited attention capability". It high time that this view is changed and people enhance their levels of attention. Fantastic when Sadhguru says "If you pay much more attention to everything, if you heighten your
ability to be attentive, that could be used in miraculous ways."

5 years ago

The amazing thing about Sadguru is ability of intense focus and attention simply evident by your being at ease in all situations yet as if u are attuned to everything and everyone all the time and we see it and i have started seeing the possibilities of yoga only because it is not from a book but by seeing u , feeling ur presence and listening i feel my mind has learnt that ultimate is a reality and a yogi with energies at his peak has the ability to transform even regular people and give the gifts of spirituality in ways that we can understand and inspire us to walk the path..........Pranam from my heart guruji!!!!!!!!!!!

3 years 10 months ago

@ in line with sadhguru words ...Yeah when we aware of small things slowly our attention will get focused and it also one kind of meditative state ....basically living in the present moment ..our awareness will slowly increase from small things and cover this entire cosmos that is what it is called as ultimate (oneness in everything)....

5 years ago

I had a similar experience as the walk in a dark tunnel when I participated in an exercise where I had to experience New York as a blind person would! So we were put in a pitch dark place with a really Blind Guide to instruct us. We were then asked to cross a bridge, go into a super market, climb or come down steps, take the subway to Times Square, cross the road and so on in a simulated environment. We had to be totally present and attentive to every step we took and our point of reference was the guide's voice from time to time. It was a most amazing and revelatory experience about our responses in meeting the situation with utmost attention! I'll remember it always!

3 years 10 months ago

attention is mindfulness

5 years ago

What does that picture had to do with attention? I knew that symbol from attending the consecrations.

I just had similar experience yesterday night when i had driven a vehicle without head light. Most focused on just following vehicle's tail lamp just ahead driven by my friend. If the light suddenly goes up and comes down, then there should be a speed breaker, in which case i should reduce the speed. Similarly lot of things which required your complete attention to make you safe. It was like playing a game which costs life in-case if you loose.

3 years 10 months ago

Sadhguru sadhguru sadhguru sadhguru

5 years ago

Are we not disturbed or scared, when we pay attention to all small things or big things?

3 years 2 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru, paying attention could bring self-realization ?

5 years ago

Lifetimes of work, Thank you Guru, i will practice more & more!

5 years ago

Often we have been told not to concentrate when doing a spiritual practice. What is the difference between attention and concentration?

4 years 11 months ago

According to me ,

Concentration: U just focus on something u doing.Max focused more concentrate u r.

Attention: Just Listening what is happening. More things u listen at ,more attentive u r.