Come through


Mindfulness isn’t easy. Focusing your attention on one singular thing, returning your attention to that place when distractions – internal and external – try to pull you away, and maybe even trying to sit still for more than a few seconds…these intentions are the opposite of how we live our everyday lives. We never have to be focused on one thing – in fact, we hardly know how to be even if we wanted to. And if we’re going to be still for any period of time, we’re either going to be asleep or staring at a screen.

So, it’s no surprise that many people give up on mindfulness pretty early on. We don’t like to not be good at things, and society doesn’t exactly reinforce the value of contemplative thought these days. So why not just bail, right? And then, it happens…  Read More

What else is there


There’s a distinct possibility that in reading this post at this very moment, I’m not getting your full attention. Not to undermine my own efforts here, but is there somewhere else you should be right now? Something else your brain should be focused on? You know I love that you take the time to check in here on the regular, and please, pretty please, don’t stop. BUT, I have to admit that this miraculous invention of digital technology provides endless excuses for not doing what we probably should be doing. It’s literally a distraction machine, at your fingertips at all times.

It comes at you in different ways, though, doesn’t it?  Read More

Monday Moment: Super focused

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We talk a lot around here about intentional focus, and making the choice through mindfulness to bring your attention back to where it’s wandered off from, once you notice that it’s gone. As you’ve heard me say many times before, the coming back is the meditation. Why does this matter? Because your focused attention is powerful. Energy flows where intention – and attention – go. Everything is made of energy — things, people, and events. When you notice that your attention has gone to envisioning the worst, notice. Come back. Choose to direct your mental energy to a more positive potential outcome. When it wanders off again, notice, and come back.

Having a worrisome thought is a normal part of being human. You can’t help what pops up in your brain. You can choose what you hang on to, though, and whether you want that thought to evolve into a pattern or even a habit of focusing on what you don’t want to happen. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Your mindful, focused attention is a superpower.

Photo credit: Simon Migaj