Beautiful Models: Creating Space
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What one thing would you say most influences the quality of our lives?”
Attention is a process which happens automatically according to certain internal rules. Certain things draw our attention, other things do not.
Attention is also a process which we can control.”
“A bit like breathing?”
“In a way. However, unlike breathing, if we don’t control our attention, it controls us.
Directing attention is one of the fundamental (and most important) mechanisms of Thinking.
Not being in control of your attention is like a trance. While in the trance, you’re like a puppet to stimuli in the environment. Depending on the environment and the stimuli, that can be a good or a bad thing.
Being in control means breaking the trance, gaining control of your attention. That’s also how you can enrich the quality of your experience.”
“How do you gain control?”
“I like to metaphorically think of it as ‘Creating Space‘. That is, Creating Space in the flow of experience for engaging Thinking in order to direct attention.
You can Create Space in two ways: by slowing down, or pausing.
Creating Space is a meta-practice, and an enabler for numerous other practices.”