If you can’t pay attention, it is because no one ever taught you how. I don’t like labels, but I have been professionally labeled with ADHD. The statement, “you can’t pay attention, because no one taught you how” changed my life for the better. Part of practicing mindfulness is sitting quietly and focusing on your breath moving in and out. Anytime you catch yourself getting lost in thought, you gently bring your attention back to your breath. This is called practicing paying attention. Anytime I feel like my head is busy and my attention is scattered, I practice paying attention. It works.
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