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Comment by warrenjordan on Notes on Attention · 2021-01-19T22:30:12.347Z · LW · GW

I found the distinctions between the terms for attention helpful, as well as techniques to cultivate one’s attention.

For me, I still find the differences between mindfulness and awareness elusive. I’m not sure if I comprehend the difference.

For example, let’s say I go for a hike and at the summit, I gaze upon a vast, lush mountain range. What is someone doing to practice mindfulness at that moment. What about when they are practicing awareness?

My guess would be that if they are practicing mindfulness, they are “tuning” to their senses: seeing the colors, textures, breadth and size of the mountains; feeling the sunlight absorbing into their skin; hearing the wind breeze through their hair.

And if they are practicing awareness, they are evaluating the experience. “Wow, this is beautiful.”

Is that what the difference is between mindfulness and awareness? Did I conflate focus (concentration) on ones’ senses with mindfulness?

It would be helpful to walk through one specific example (like the one I mentioned above) and how the different “levels” of attention apply.

Comment by warrenjordan on How to practice rationality? · 2021-01-13T17:48:27.480Z · LW · GW

What works for you to cultivate rational thinking, if you are not doing rationality exercises?