Quote of the day:
Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. -Tecumseh
Distractions are never ending. You set out to do one thing, and end up doing another thing entirely. It all boils down to one thing, and that is the lack of focus. Many articles and books are out there that reveal just how focusing on one thing at a time can be a deal breaker. Focus or better yet concentration is an art that can be learned as with all things in life.
In the past, I’d often zone out, my mind wandering over hilltops and horizons with my physical body left to itself. I’d day dream and although this was a laudable thing it became more persistent with time. There must be a correlation between a wandering mind and lack of concentration. I could be sitting in class surrounded by fellow students and a teacher, and my mind could be miles and miles away. If this happened to other kids, I do not know. I was in my own world, a vast island with coconut trees, gushing waves and trembling winds. A space filled with essence and with no sense of time just emotions, pure and raw emotions. Maybe it was just a phase of growing up, of stumbling on the possibilities of the human mind. Of course I do not mean to say that my days of daydreaming are over, it’s just that they are a lot lesser than before. A lot less expansive, but more focused I’d say.
Distractions are never ending. There is a lot to contend with today. Throw away technology and this reduces the percentage drastically. No phones, no internet, nothing. What then would we be distracted by? The answer is anyone’s guess. But being able to discipline the mind has its benefits surely. Being in control is a wonderful thing. This ability to be mindful of one’s thoughts, of being aware of time and space, of giving energy to individual elements, time and space, highs and lows, and so on. When last did you take in a lungful of air, slowly and deliciously? When last did you close your eyes to feel yourself breathe in and exhale deeply, when last did you feel the beating of your own heart?
Imagine eating slowly, each spoonful a measure of your inner energy level which you must conserve. Each movement becomes more fluid, every action a milestone, and of course this also translates into other aspects of life –the ability to conserve energy, and not to give it away so freely. This calmness can be practiced, and can become a way of life. It doesn’t necessary mean one should be so rigid as not to be active, but hyperactivity can be draining. One of the best things to do to increase focus and energy levels is by exercising, and studies have shown it improves not just the body but the mind too.
Peace. Love. Light*
Current Listen: Lorde - Tennis Court