Recently I was exploring several ideas about how things in life work or don’t work. After spending time journaling and further exploring my ideas I soon had helpful inspiration and guidance.
The guidance was that what determines how well you and I do things is how well we place our attention on what we are doing. That makes sense doesn’t it?
I want to suggest a more expanded definition than how attention is usually defined – it is not only the focusing of your mind but also of your heart and spirit.
Mind Attention is about bringing your mind into focus in the here and now. This mental focus is very important because what you think about shapes what you are doing. If your focus is scattered, the results will be scattered. If your focus is more laser like, the results will be laser like. If you set a goal and utilize your full attention the results are very likely to be positive.
Heart Attention is more about having your heart engaged in what you do. If you do things half-hearted, the results will be half-hearted. If you have an open and engaged heart the results will be full of you at our best. If you love what you do, it will show.
Spirit Attention is the use of your higher nature to guide you towards what you want to make happen. If your spirit is engaged, you are guided from the place of deep knowing. Deep knowing creates the wisest results. If your spirit is activated the ordinary limits are often dissolved. If things are done from the place of your highest expression, the best will come about.
How might you use the attention of your mind, heart and spirit to create the life you want?
This is a list of both positive and not so positive ways of using the attention of our mind, heart and spirit. You can put your attention:
On what’s working or what’s not working
On what’s going well or what’s not okay
On what you want to make happen or what you don’t want to happen
On peaceful thoughts or thoughts of fear and discontent
On the present moment or the past or future
On what you appreciate or what you don’t like
On a loving heart or keeping your heart safe
On what brings you joy or what makes you mad
On self-realization or what’s wrong with you
On being open or being protected
On working things out or ways to prove others wrong
On abundance or lack
On flow or on who or what is in the way
On taking responsibility or blaming and complaining
On giving or what you’re not getting
On being free or how trapped you feel
On finding the truth or holding on to beliefs
On being aware or tuning out
On collaboration or winning
On compassion or not getting involved
On acceptance of self and others or judging self and others
On taking risks or playing it safe
On the light or the darkness
On being empowered or being a victim
On your access to inner knowing or letting your “will” rule
If your attention is on what you don’t want, you create more of what you don’t want. If instead your mind, heart and spirit’s attention are on what you do want, you then become very empowered to bring about those results.
It’s all about where you put your attention. Why not make it possible for you to create the kind of life you want?
I offer consultations and coaching for those with attention malfunctions of the mind, heart and spirit.
P.S. This past Sunday I went to my first open mic where I took the leap from audience to performer. I sang and played three songs. It was scary and fun. When was the last time you chose taking a risk instead of playing it safe?