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From the Good Neighbor Conference: Pay attention, be present

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By Toni Niemiec

At the Good Neighbor Conference on Saturday I attended a workshop that Tracy Simmons gave on Courageous Conversations and Listening. She shared that the average attention span of a human is 7 seconds…of a goldfish is 8 seconds. The point isn’t to dispute how they measured the attention span of a goldfish (or any other point your mind wanders off on) …rather, if we are to cultivate listening our practice becomes to focus and re-focus on present moment.

A difference between a human and a goldfish is that humans can consciously choose to change.

My practice today is to be present
Wherever I am ~ whomever I’m with
Focusing and refocusing on the
Present moment.

About Toni Niemiec

Walking the spiritual path has been part of the Rev. Toni Niemiec's life as long as she can remember. She said as a child she was not raised in a “traditional” religion.

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