Pay attention

Linda Stone coined the term continuous partial attention to describe “the modern predicament of being constantly attuned to everything without fully concentrating on anything,” says James Fallows in an article called “The Art of Paying Attention” in the June 2013 issue of The Atlantic.

In the article, Stone describes how play can help both children and adults develop “a powerful attention strategy” called relaxed presence.

As you play a sport or an instrument or learn how to dance or sing, she explains, you develop a capacity for attention and for a type of curiosity and experimentation. You are in the moment—a state of relaxed presence.


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