Attention is an act of connection

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“The reward for attention is always healing. It may begin as the healing of a particular pain—the lost lover, the sickly child, the shattered dream. But what is healed, finally, is the pain that underlies all pain: the pain that we are all, as Rilke puts it, ‘unutterably alone.’ More than anything else, attention is an act of connection.” ~Julia Cameron

The pain that underlies all other pain is the pain of existential loneliness. When we receive attention from another (and often even true attention from ourselves), that underlying pain finds ease in the resulting connection, and that is always healing.

How can you pay true attention to yourself and to those around you today to bring healing into your world?