While Attention Deficit Disorder is a highly over-diagnosed disease, no one had heard of it when I was diagnosed back in 1989 but the Ritalin did really help me pay attention in situations where I lacked a maturity to pull it off on my own, especially school. However, I noticed that years later, I continued to take the drug when going out for fun.
I had the pleasure of speaking at the Mainstream conference in Denver several weeks ago. Mainstream brings together the world's leaders in maintenance, reliability and safety in industries like oil, gas and power.
How many opportunities to be part of something meaningful do you miss because your attention is being frittered away on the meaningless? It's nice to listen to music on your trip to work, but if you're doing so because you believe there is nothing worthwhile happening in your world, then you are sorely mistaken.
Are You Paying Attention to Things That Really Matter? (HINT: It's Not Twerking, Or Beliebers, Or Even Twerking Beliebers)
If I can leave you with a challenge, it would be to stop. And think. Think "Am I paying attention to things that really matter?" Doesn't have to be always. But, every once in a while, are you stopping to smell the proverbial roses and do, support, or create things that really matter?
Here are two ways we can pay attention: force ourselves to concentrate, or be interested. The first way is what I did when I was first learning mindfulness.
Tan is convinced that much like improving physical fitness, improving "mental fitness" through meditation and mindfulness
Clinton has never spoken publicly about meditation, but according to the Times of India, he practices Buddhist meditation