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Conscious Experience Overview

Conscious Experience takes two forms, Atte­ntion and Peri­pheral Awaren­ess
It consists of whatever you are experi­encing in the moment.
This works in a similar way to the relati­onship between visual focus and peripheral vision.
Awareness and Attention are NOT the same thing.

Mindfu­lness

When we lack mindfu­lness in daily life, we become so entangled in our own thoughts and emotions that we forget the bigger picture. Our perspe­ctive narrows, and we lose our way.
Mind­ful­ness is the optimal intera­ction between attention and peripheral awareness.
 

Comparison of Peripheral Awareness and Attention

Peri­pheral Awaren­ess
Atte­ntion
Holistic, Relati­onal, Contextual
Isolates and Analyzes
Filters all incoming inform­ation
Selects inform­ation from awareness
Acts as a watchful alert system
Hones in on objects
Less proces­sing, quicker response
More proces­sing, lower response
Less Personal and more Objective
More "­sel­f" centered
Can be Intros­pective or Extros­pective
Can be Intros­pective or Extros­pective
 

Stable Attention

Stable Attent­ion is the ability to intent­ionally direct and sust­ain the focus of attent­ion, as well as the scope of attent­ion
Directing and sustaining attention means we choose which object we're going to attend to and contin­uously keep our attention fixed on it.
Your attention moves sponta­niously in 3 ways: Scan­ning, Getting Captur­ed, and Alte­rna­ting
Inte­nti­onally directed attent­ion means just that: we make a conscious decision about what to pay attention to.

Peripheral Awareness

Be aware of the senses you body takes in. What happens is your consci­ous­/brain space is being taken up by the awareness of these thoughts. You’re essent­ially letting your consci­ousness and thoughts be overwh­elmed by the sensations you feel.
It’s important not to have thoughts ABOUT these sensat­ions, only focus on the sensations themse­lves.
Be nonverbal about it. Make sure you catch yourself when you start thinking and becoming your thoughts.
Avoid using words to describe what you're feeling.
Example, when you hear people talk, try not to pay attention to WHAT they're saying. Just focus on the sounds.
Use the FEELINGS and SENSATIONS instead of the words and thoughts.
 

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