Mid-June 2018 Newsletter
Hello, and a mesmerizing juicy Mid-June to you!
Are you easily distracted?
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue is about staying focused, or not.
With all the noise and information constantly coming our
way, it's easy to get distracted and make silly mistakes,
like putting the milk away under the counter instead of in
the refrigerator. I often find myself with a mental plan of
what I'm doing now, and a plan for the task I will do next.
Then when I'm interrupted by a third new task (which could
merely be my partner starting a conversation, or someone
ringing the doorbell), I'm like a clown trying to juggle
too many colored balls. I start "dropping the ball", losing
focus on at least one task, and may get annoyed at myself
for not being able to handle the complex situation gracefully.
Am I too organized, or too rigid in my approach to Life? I've been
accused of this more than once, that I should have more of a "go with
the flow" attitude. I like being organized and having a plan for my day
or week or month. The problem comes when my plans conflict with What
Is. Last month we had a tornado in my town, which knocked out our electric
power for 4 days. My carefully planned week had to change. On a
smaller scale, maybe I can move my planned workout a few hours ahead or
back, still getting it in, yet also making room for something else in my
day I hadn't anticipated.
When trying to manage my attention effectively and productively, "hold on loosely" comes to
mind. (Yes, I get a lot of life guidance from rock songs. I admit it!) The lyrics say "If you
cling too tightly, you're going to lose control." How true! It's when I'm trying desperately
to stay focused on a goal or course of action that an interruption can derail me. It's
like walking a tightrope with stiff legs and clenched fists, determined not to fall.
This is too much tension, the opposite of holding on loosely. Finding that sweet spot of
holding on, but not too fiercely, is the challenge.
One of my favorite subjects for my attention is natural vision improvement. The
target image reminds me to stay focused on the bullseye, which is what I'm looking
at in vision practice, or what I want to achieve in my life, and then also to be
aware of what surrounds that. Visually this is the periphery. In my life it's
the environment. What is in the neighborhood of my current area of focus
which could influence it, either helping me or slowing me down? Sometimes
what first seems like a distraction can be a fruitful side trip. Other times,
it's a dead end, and feels like time wasted.
Different levels of attention are appropriate for different
situations. To paraphrase Ecclesiastes, there is a time for
hard-driving intensity, and a time to let yourself lazily watch
the butterflies flitting back and forth. Use too much focus
too often and you'll tire yourself. Use too little and
you won't accomplish much, if anything. This is about managing
your personal energy wisely and appropriately.
As Julia Cameron says above, a suitable degree of attention
can easily lead to delight in an everyday occurrence, whether it's
delight in solving a complex problem (with focused attention), or
delight in effortlessly letting in the sights and sounds and smells
of Nature. In the past I've erred in the direction of trying too hard.
I now want to be better at choosing the correct level of attention,
since I'd like even more delight in my life. Wouldn't you?
To read about my experiences with focus as it relates to vision,
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Enjoy the rest of your June.
I'll write again in a couple of weeks. Take care!