Topic for today…Attention and Awareness
The ability to control where you focus your attention allows you to create your environment. It’s something we’re all born with, thought that’s easy to forget, and it gives us the energy to do work, finish projects and succeed in our endeavors big or small. By increasing your awareness to include the whole picture as well as the details (something that’s not easy for everyone – we all tend to get caught up in our own personal minutiae) you enable yourself to react to situations with enough rationality to direct them toward your objectives.
Let’s analyze this.
Awareness is influenced by our surroundings (and what we perceive that to mean as individuals). You can consider your environment to be your home, your neighborhood, your state, your country, the world and so on… But the more you’re aware of, the broader your scope. The narrower your point of view, the smaller, and conversely, seemingly more important your thoughts are to you. But really, the opposite is true. If you’re caught in your own head, stuck only on the details, small things seem bigger and more important than they are. This happens all the time because awareness can only include things we take the time to notice.
But if you recognize that we’re all connected, part of a universal energy wherein our individual highest good benefits the greater good, whether or not you had a bad hair day seems insignificant. Likewise, your concern over a rocky relationship lifts to reveal the real issue. If you stay in a situation where you’re unhappy without trying to fix it, you’re not benefiting anyone, least of all yourself or your partner. There is a world of love out there, waiting for you to be a part of it.
Consider that we become aware by placing our attention on something. Before placing your attention on that thing, it didn’t exist for you. Once you became aware of it, it’s real and part of your consciousness on some level. By observing, you make things alive in your own universe. On the other hand, when you put less attention on something, it tends to disappear. Problems don’t go away, no. But by focusing on the solution, you may find you get there quicker. Remaining focused on bad brings bad. Finding the positive incorporates it into your reality.
Is your life precisely what you wish it to be? If not, no matter the reason, you can still learn to control your attention, and thereby, learn to create it. Does that mean you can materialize something out of nothing? No. Awareness and action work hand in hand. But without the former, all the work in the world may prove useless.
Armed with greater awareness, you can be the change you wish to affect, in your own life and in the world at large.
I am looking into my heart, mind and soul today to see where my attention is needed and where it is not. After working all day at the easel yesterday, (see post below for the work done) I ended the day feeling drained and out of sorts. I kept thinking to myself that the work could be more…perfect I guess, I kept seeing the mistakes I felt I had made in the execution of the work. This led to a poor nights sleep and a tired, foggy me this morning. I did some grounding exercises, and open and cleared my root chakra, and felt better and more in tune. It got me to thinking about where my focus and attention were at. It’s important, for me to get outside of my head and look around at the world, the people, the spirit of life, more closely.
My balance was off, I needed to ground myself and work from that place inside myself that allows for imperfection and growth. I realized that none of my works is perfect…and may never attain that level of perfection that we all strive for, but that does not reduce the value of the risks I have taken recently with my new works.
I am growing in my abilities and my focus, that is the real important thing here. Sure I could have stayed working with the forms of art that I am most comfortable with…and gone crazy with boredom…and yes it’s a risk to step outside the professional box I am already well know for…but I can’t stop myself from being a risk taker, it’s who I am.
Realizing that my attention had been narrowed to one imperfect item in my life this morning freed me from going over to the dark side and losing my awareness of who, what and where I really am today.
So, where is your attention today?
What are you focusing on in your day?
Is it a broad focus or a narrow one?
Which one works better for you?
Think about it, and get back to me on that.
I’d really like to hear your thought on the subject.
Have a brilliant day.
Share your love with those around you.