In life, it seems it’s always when we find ourselves consumed with stress or suddenly feeling unstable or unsure that we start to look for ways to strengthen our mind. This past weekend I’ve had each of those feelings and it led me to realize many things. One of them being I lack focus. Whenever I do something, I’m thinking about the next 50 things I need to do instead of giving the task at hand my 100%. Of course I can’t always do that because there WILL be interruptions with little munchkins around. But still. For the most part I don’t focus. I don’t give my entire attention to a task or activity.
But this past weekend I had a lot more on my mind than usual. More personal stuff than usual. And it actually helped me to have more focus. For dinner tonight, I took time to really enjoy prepping my vegetables for dinner instead of trying to rush it. I gave myself some extra time, turned on Miles Davis and let myself just get in a zone. Instead of doing a subtle cleanup in the kitchen, I decided to actually spend time and do a more thorough clean (including under the toaster and microwave!)
This weekend I had the urge to work out for once. Usually I’m constantly checking the clock to see how much more time I have left. But this weekend I just gave my workout my all. I focused on 45 minutes of me time to relieve stress, to think and to work out some things I was feeling. I focused on my workout and my thoughts the entire time instead of when I’d be done. I left thoughts of “what else do I have to do after this?” just go. Actually I didn’t even let them enter my mind. Because for that short time in my day that’s all I chose to focus on.
This weekend I tried to just focus. To pay attention to what I was doing and to enjoy the little details instead of be annoyed by them. By practicing the art of focus and concentration I was able to have more control over my thoughts and I feel more calm and more at peace with things going on in my life.
In turn I think I was able to strengthen my mind. I still need to practice. But by doing so, I think it will help me become a better version of ME. And also to see things as they really are.
So for practice this week:
I need to focus on having a schedule.
I need to focus on preparing my Thanksgiving plan.
I need to focus on preschool stuff for Little Wright.
I need to focus on working out and being healthier.
I need to focus on the things I want and don’t want in my life.