A is for Attention

[Part of the Pagan Blog Project]

I used to do a lot of horseback riding when I was a teenager, and a number of things from that time have stuck with me.

One of those was the way we pay attention. There’s a concept called “hard eye versus soft eye”. Hard eye is the directed focused attention, when you are honed in on a particular goal – pointing a horse at a fence, navigating an obstacle in a trail class, doing THAT thing right now.

Soft eye is letting things open up, to the edges of your peripheral vision. Being aware of that thing that’s coming up beside you – whether that’s another horse and rider, a branch, a random thing that will terrify the poor pitiful thousand pound prey animal you’d like to stay on top of. (With my beloved pony, that was sheep. She was terrified of … Continue reading

Pagan Blog Project

So, as part of my “No, really, I will blog more regularly in public.” goal. I am planning on doing the Pagan Blog Project, wherein one writes a post a week (based on alphabetical placement)

But because I’m me, and because – for more than one reason – I don’t really want to do “Let me talk about general Pagan stuff”, I want to turn this to a topic I’m about to dig into in much more depth (in hopes of producing functional long-form writing about it by the end of the year: for those of you who know me, this is the thing I refer to as the Better Pagan Research book I’ve been talking about for nearly a decade.)

So, I plan to use these blog posts to talk about aspects of research, learning, information, analysis, investigation, training, evaluation, and pretty much any other term you can … Continue reading