The Power of Attention
There is a story about a pilgrim in search of the truth who traveled thousands of miles, and finally, after an arduous climb to the top of a mountain to consult a Holy Man, asked his question: "Master, if you could give me just one wisdom that would serve me in all of life's moments, no matter what the situation, what would it be?" The Holy Man replied: "Pay Attention".
We can direct our attention towards an infinite number of things in each moment, but to be attentive - simply 'paying attention' - is a state of listening. Paradoxically, as we learn to connect and listen on deeper and deeper levels, our awareness becomes more and more vast.
In ancient Hawaiian teaching, we develop present awareness of each moment in all it's dimensions: our movement, breath, sensation, thought, impulses, the nature of the wind, the sunlight, sounds, smells.....etc. Each moment is full of information, insight, power and possibility. It is by being attentive, listening with an openness that discards any pre-conceived ideas, that we are fully present, fully empowered in each moment of our lives.
Suddenly, life becomes incredibly exciting as we realize that each moment is brand new. Even though we can repeat the same activities and encounters for days or years on end, if we are really paying attention, we see that, actually, everything is always completely new. Now we have the opportunity to respond to each moment as it is Right Now......and thereby break free of old patterns, paradigms, belief systems, actions and reactions that have been ruling our lives by default. This is when our Life begins to Blossom.
My teacher, Kahu Abraham Kawai'i once said to me: "Continue with this work, and eventually all of your past concepts with dissappear........including Gravity." If we can take nothing for granted, the great adventure of 'All-Possibility' unfolds before us, as we simply 'Pay Attention'.
© Jody Mountain • Ancient Hawaiian Bodywork
Jody offers Transformational Sessions and Trainings in Hawai'i and Internationally. She has spent the past 22 years immersed in Lomi Lomi Nui and it's foundations in Ancient Hawaiian Mysticism, through the lineage of Kahu Abraham Kawai'i, and is a Certified Facilitator of Core & Cellular Healing. More about Jody's work may be found at: www.lomilominui.net. Please be in touch! (Email: )