1. Our attention is almost constantly on thoughts about the past and future.
Most of us can walk on a path every day and never notice the trees, the design of the houses, the texture of the path, the smell of the plants, or the sounds of the birds. The reason we rarely take notice of these sounds, sights, and smells in our daily lives is that our attention is almost continuously on our own thoughts about what happened in the past or what may happen in the future. And we can’t appreciate anything if aren’t giving it our full attention.
2. When we are seemingly giving attention to something (or someone), we are actually giving attention to our thoughts about it, and not to the thing itself.
If we look at a tree, our attention is on our thoughts about whether the tree is big or small, what type of tree it is, and whether we like it or not. When we meet a person, we don’t just experience…