Let’s branch off into a slightly different direction. For the next week, instead of diving into a certain topic, our meditations will be focused on both the morning and the night. With a focus on reflection and self-awareness and hints of a weekly, popular topic such as stress, anxiety, and even sleeping well.
Now as we’ve begun to understand how to understand focus, it’s equally important to spend a day and reflect on what all of it means for ourselves now and in the future. So as is tradition, today the prompts will be sparse and the time to think will be nice and full. Remember to keep the breath in mind as a natural constant for your focus and allowing yourself to keep attention on it for the first half of today’s exercise and then for the last half, there will be a healthy amount of time for...
As we have explored focus and its relation to our own surroundings, you might notice that at times when we are trying to quiet the mind, our focus can seem to leave. And this is perfectly normal. It is only a representation of a relatively distracted and busy mind. Simply keep in mind that these feelings are normal and the best way to handle them is to return to the breath for a moment, however short or long, and remember what feeling truly focused is.
So far, we have looked at focus within our surroundings in relation to a simple, soft focus that we can have on the breath. Today, we will continue to do just that. Remember, that we are not necessarily sitting completely passively when we meditate here, but rather, we are training the mind, and building a healthy habit.
As we dive more into applying this mindset of staying focused to our daily lives, using these small, 10 min moments as a guide can be incredibly helpful. And helpful in the sense that it sets the bar a certain way for the day. If you can allow yourself to not force focus, but instead align your focus with what is truly important and motivating to you, then “being focused” becomes that much easier.