When you do a thing, do it with the whole self. One thing at a time. Now I sit here and eat. For me nothing exists in the world except this food, this table. I eat with the whole attention. So you must do—in everything.
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, quoted in James Moore, Gurdjieff, Dorset, 1991, p. 261
[W]hen a companion says, “You’re not listening to me,” you can still hear those words, and a few words of the previous sentence, for a brief time after they are spoken. Thus, you can answer (falsely), “I was listening. You said…”—and then you can repeat your annoyed companion’s last few words even though, in truth, you weren’t listening when the words were uttered.
Peter Gray, Psychology, 5th ed., New York, 2006, p. 305