140/365 The ability to frame your field of awareness

As she continues her research, Jha finds that her definition of attention keeps evolving and expanding. “It’s a tool that can be used in many ways, and not just for selecting between relevant and irrelevant information. Where I’d like to go is to regard attention as ‘the ability to frame your field of awareness in the way that will be most useful to the task at hand.’ You could restrict or broaden your focus according to your cognitive, affective, even somatic context.”

From Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, by Winifred Gallagher

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