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 A - Attention


Attention: The concentration on a particular part or subject of consciousness.

Attention may be spontaneous or automatic, as with an orientation reflex, or a sudden unexpected sound or event, or it may be deliberate, and indeed the same holds for inattention. Also, it may have various causes and ends, and most conscious actions involve some degree of attention. Again, it is the mark of something well learned that one can do it with much less attention than when one was learning it.

Paying proper attention to things is considered important in some meditative practices.


See also: Awareness, Consciousness, Meditation, Mysticism,


Huxley, James, Underhill

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