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Christmas Presence

snowmenOne of the most precious gifts we can give our loved ones is our attention. So put down the phone or the newspaper, tear yourself away from your favourite TV show, forget all about multi-tasking and give someone your undivided attention this holiday season. Here’s Eknath Easwaran on why it matters.

By giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose. Simple, yet essential to the practice of love! Being one-pointed means we can give the person we are with our complete attention, even if she is contradicting our opinion on tax reform or explaining the peculiarities of French grammar. Once we can do this, boredom disappears from our relationships. People are not boring; we get bored because our attention wanders. When we can give someone our full attention, our attitude says clearly, “You matter to me. You have my respect.“

– Eknath Easwaran, Thought for the Day

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