Focus

Reflection Quote 004 : Goethe on Focus and what matters most

Reflection Quote 004 : Goethe on Focus and what matters most

This eloquent quote puts it succinctly. That which is most important to you cannot be left at the mercy of all that which matters least. In the hustle-bustle of life, we find ourselves putting out fires or just taking care of daily maintenance of our lives so we can function. Do this process to get to the core of what matters most.

The Focusing Question: How to transform your overflowing schedule

The Focusing Question: How to transform your overflowing schedule

As the year comes to a close, I look back at all the projects and activities I have undertaken. I am filled with satisfaction for the personal and business goals that I have worked towards. But I also have this feeling that as Fall rolled in, things got a little out of hand and I was drowning in work and commitments.

Did you have that experience?

Intention for Today: Focus

I invite Focus to grace us for today's intention.

With each breath, may we experience focus. May the one-minded focus enable us to manifest the good in this world. May focus and concentration underline every moment, every action today. May the sharp clarity of focus show us a crystal clear view and new perspectives. May we focus on the most important things in our life. May we focus on our breath and focus on the life force flowing through us. May we become aware of our internal and external foci.

Thank you Focus for streamlining our life.

Reality exists only where we create a focus. -Heart Sutra of Mahayana Buddhism

This wonderful saying speaks to me because it reminds me that when I apply consistent, continuous attention to a matter, consciously or unconsciously, that which I bring my focus to, emerges into my reality. When my attention is on being joyful, joy does flow into my reality. When my attention falls upon the aesthetics of something, the beauty of that object fills me. This simple yet profound realization seems to ring true in every aspect of my life.

Similarly, when I focus on what seems "undesired" or "unpleasant", my frame of attention is colored by the quality of that "undesired-ness" or "unpleasant-ness". Knowing that I have a choice to re-frame my attention to that which is positive, uplifting and loving about a person, an experience or an object, empowers me and raises my sense of aliveness. And this knowing is a key for me to the door to my happiness.

Does that mean I never look at that which is unpleasant or worth changing? Not yet! I would love to reach a stage where nothing is unpleasant. All is just the way it is meant to be, say the teachers of consciousness.

A little story I heard recently goes like this:

Say, you want to make an apple pie. You go to your kitchen and pick out those ingredients that are best suited for your pie. These may include: flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon and of course, apples! (I can imagine a mouth-watering apple pie as I write this...hmmm!) So you pull out those ingredients, yet you are not upset that the kitchen also holds chillies or rice or tomatoes or tofu or basil leaves and a host of other things that you do not need currently for your apple pie. And because you do not want these ingredients in YOUR pie does not make them inherently unwanted. You simply pick up what you need and desire and apply your focus on creating your pie.

With this understanding, less and less things become unpleasant and I learn to draw my focus on that which I desire to create in my reality: in this case, a delicious, juicy apple pie!

-Sophia Ojha