The hardest thing for me on my path of mindfulness is focus. Focus means to do 1 thing and 1 thing only, and do that thing with your full mind involved with it.
In this age we are so used to doing several things at once, we cook dinner while minding pets or children, checking social networks on our phone, listening to radio and putting away the dishes. In the average office people hardly ever get to do 1 task at a time. Often we find ourselves in a meeting, while reading an email about something completely different and maybe at the same time even instant messaging someone else about yet another subject, all while in the back of our mind we try to forget about the fact that lunchtime is coming up and our body is yelping for some nutrition.
We think we have trained ourselves in this normality, and we have become desensitized to its effects.
I worked in high-demanding jobs for over 15 years before deciding to follow this path full time. For the first months after leaving my last high-demanding office job my mind just would not stand still. I would practice meditation to get calm for at least half an hour a day and had to work very consciously on letting go of the constant need to be ‘doing something’. I am afraid that nearly a year later I haven’t yet mastered this art, although I am getting much better at finding, and staying in my peace.
If you think you are not affected by the above at all, you should pass the below exercise with flying colours. This is from the book ‘Transformation and Healing’ by Thich Nhat Hanh.
‘This exercise is simple, yet its effects are profound. To succeed, we must put our whole mind into breathing and nowhere else. As we follow our in-breath, for example, we need to be watchful of distracting thoughts. As soon as a thought such as, ‘I forgot to turn of the light in the kitchen,’ arises, our breathing is no longer conscious breathing as we are thinking about something else. To succeed, our mind needs to stay focused on our breathing for the entire length of each breath. .. Anyone can succeed in the practice of a single conscious breath. If we continue to breathe consciously for ten breaths, without our mind going astray, then we have taken a valuable step on the path of practice. If we can practice conscious breathing for 10 minutes, an important change will take place in us.
If you would like to try conscious breathing, sit down or stand in a comfortable position, leaving the eyes open. From my own experience, it is easier to practice outside, connected to the earth.
Focus your vision on one specific point (a little hint, it’s best to focus on a non-moving object like maybe a lamp post or fence).
Breathe in, acknowledging the breath entering the body, not bringing the attention to the specific points in your body the breath might be affecting. I would generally follow my breath to maybe my throat, unless of course my throat has discomfort that might distract me.
Breathe out, acknowledging the breath leaving the body.
Try and accomplish 10 breaths. Note that if you tell yourself in your mind ‘this is easy’, you mind will have wandered as this is not part of the exercise.
If you can master this exercise it has the potential to help you tremendously, as at any given moment in the day you will be able to call upon the calm mind. This will provide you with clarity and focus.
An archangel that is able to help us with clear thinking and focus is Jophiel. I remember very clearly having to study for a project management exam which requirement me to basically memorize a 400 page book (PMP if you are wondering). I found it almost near to impossible, however asking archangel Jophiel for assistance, all over sudden I felt clarity filling me and my mind was able to focus on the knowledge I had to gain in order to pass the exam.
You can always use your own words to invoke the help of any archangel. How I would invoke the energy would be to ask ‘archangel Jophiel, archangel Jophiel, archangel Jophiel, please send me a ray of your yellow energy to provide me with the mental clarity and focus I need to complete this task. In love and light.’
Always say please and thank you when working with the angels, and you will want to ask ‘under grace’, which means that if the universe is baking you a beautiful cake that takes a while to finish, you are not forcing of a biscuit in the here and now.
I would love to hear how you get on with focusing your mind.
CC teaches workshops to individuals and groups in Tinahely, co. Wicklow, and on location.
She is also available for 1:1 angel guidance readings and complementary therapies such as Intuitive Angel Healing, Reiki and IET.
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