Athletes have long used the tool of visualization to rehearse movements in their imagination to enhance learning in the body. Public speakers often "see" themselves standing up in front of the crowd delivering their speech with ease and success. Actors go thru their scripts in their minds, visualizing themselves going thru the emotions and postures as well as knowing their lines before going on stage. The eyes are amazing tools that are often forgotten when we get busy in life. Learning to focus is the first key into directing this force.
Focus: When our minds get cluttered with too much input it's time to release. Often stress can hijack our emotions and our thoughts leaving one feeling not able to take control of their minds. Focusing on ONE THING becomes seemingly impossible. Focusing the eyes is similar to a microscope, dialing in on one detail. It takes clearing away distractions.
1. Define your drug......What takes you away from focusing? Is it thoughts ? Is it a build up of "things to do" ? Is it being too reactive to others ( emotions)?? Is it checking your phone messages/social media? Is it physical agitation? It takes paying attention to WHY you lose focus, and noticing how those distractions become like a drug. A short term "fix" that ultimately takes you out of integrity ( where you want to be, act, do). Get clear by being aware and then practice resisting little by little staying open to a new experience. A habit is simply a pattern thats gotten into a "groove" in the brain. Starting a new pattern means disrupting the old ones.
2. Practice RELEASE especially in the eyes. Use your eyes to let go by softening your gaze and taking time to "let go" of taking information in. Gazing into a candle (noticing your experience) a beautiful sunset or even better another pair of eyes are a great way to explore "sending out" or "receiving". Softly focusing on an object without over working the eyes is a great way to practice utilizing the eye muscles with efficiency. Noticing details uses the eye muscles differently than softening and opening up peripheral vision.
3. Clear away the clutter around you. What we see outside of us is reflective of what we see inside our minds. A cluttered desk, purse, car, house can make focusing on the simple things almost impossible. Make the process of de-cluttering a strategy for focusing the mind. Start with small steps, a corner of a room, a table top, a desk drawer. The simple act of using the mind to choose where to put things and filing away papers is a fabulous way to stimulate the brain. This act alone will increase the ability to direct your focus thru stimulating those areas of the brain.
Stay tuned for the next two blogs on INSIGHT and VISION.