Book 45 of Year 2017 – “The Power of Attention” by Sarah McLean

Official Title – The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and Its Unlimited Potential with Meditation

Genre – Non Fiction

Book Length – 192 pages

Reading Time – 3.5 hours

Style/ Plot – Sarah writes about building attention muscles through the training of meditation and mindfulness. She focuses on intentional attention and how to cultivate it to ensure engagement and empowerment.

She provides different practices to train one’s attention and encourages the reader to notice the effect their attention has on others.

One description that resonated with me is how many of us are more comfortable doing than being.

She explores the Buddhist mode of meditation and hones in on the Mantra meditation practice. Then she describes how to meditate even if you’ve never done it before.

My favourite chapter is chapter 4 – Awakening to love. She talks about “being love” as love awakens us to the fullness of who we are. She tells the story of her life in this chapter and how she thought love eluded her (i.e. she was unlovable) but was able to experience the feeling of being in love by learning to lover herself.

Favourite Quote – “Having compassion for yourself is essential. It allows you to be present to your stressful thoughts and painful feelings without repressing them, blaming others for them, or hating yourself for having them. It helps you to navigate the ups and downs of love and loss, of ageing and sickness. It strengthens your relationship with your interior real,, and with it, your resilience.

Rating – 3.5/5

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