06 October 2007
Not Very Much
Mr. Fripp, on attention and its role in being:
We begin where we are.
So, where are we?
Better, before we move from A to B, to know that we are at A.
How do we know where we are?
By getting to know ourselves.
How do we get to know ourselves?
We put part of our attention on the outside, and part of our attention on the inside.
We divide our attention between what we are doing, and our internal responses to what we are doing.
We watch what we are doing, while simultaneously watching our responses:
sensing our physical relaxation;
So, how well we get to know ourselves is determined by our capacity to divide the attention.
That is, how well we get to know ourselves is determined by the quality of our attention.
We know ourselves to the degree that our attention is available to know ourselves.
The extent of our attention in time is called our Present Moment.
The spacial extent of our attention is reflected in how far, geographically, our interests & influence extend.
This is sometimes referred to as our level of Being.
So, how much attention do we have?
The quick answer, from someone who has been looking at this for a long time, is not very much.