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Nancy L. Neff Coaching and Healing

LifeForce Abundance Coach
Vision and Dreams Coach

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Mid-June 2018 Newsletter

Hello, and a mesmerizing juicy Mid-June to you!
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter. Today's issue is about staying focused, or not. Enjoy!

Are you easily distracted?
 distracted man having his pocket picked 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.

 arrow in the bullseye of a target 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.
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.
 Julia Cameron attention quote 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, click here.

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