Friday, March 31, 2006

It's all about focus

My mother dreams sometimes and her dreams aren't happy. But she's on a lot of medications and it's difficult for her to know the difference between awake and dreaming. So when she wakes up, she is sometimes fearful.

What's the problem? She can't focus. Without focus, you can't move forward or control your life or make your intentions clear to self and others. My mom is past being able to focus. But if you really understand the concept of focus, you understand that focus is the core to self-control and direction.

If you are having trouble finding focus, maybe you should consider meditation. This is a sure-fire method of gaining what you want in life; accomplishing what you wish in life; finding your compass.

I feel bad for my Mom. She misses her focus.


Friday, March 17, 2006

Meditation as a Key to Success

Meditation is a wonderful means of finding peace, joy and happiness in your life. Learning to meditate is the key to finding success in all areas of your life. The first step in realizing this sense of well-being is by acknowledging that it is only through the acceptance of personal responsibility for your can you change your life condition to one that reflects success. No one can make you happy; no one can hand you peace; and joy is illusive if you can't find it within yourself, through your own efforts.

An important foundation in this understanding: You get in life what you focus on. Focusing on the miseries of your life, will only bring you more misery. If you turn your attention to the joys of life, to those things in life that you can appreciate, then you will receive more joy. Through practicing good meditation techniques you can develop strong, positive focusing skills.

There are those who feel that this approach to life is unrealistic and cannot understand why their lives are out of control. They might try another perspective? How about looking for the good, the balanced and forward-moving aspects in your life? Not every moment is stellar and lovely, but every moment has in it an aspect of truth, of clarity and a seed of potential for whatever you want to create.

The next time you find yourself suffering from anxiety, look beyond, look ahead. Realize that you have survived every crisis in your life only to become stronger. At the darkest moment, you sometimes feel hope slipping away. But just remember how you made it through every single period of turmoil, wiser and stronger. Treat the successes you've experienced in life as the stepping stones you will use to get through the next crisis. Focus on someone you love rather than someone who is causing you to feel hurt. Or find something about the one who is hurting you to appreciate. Honestly, it's there. Even in the worst of times, it is there.

So how do you get out of the rut of reaction and into the healthy pattern of self-determination? You go within rather than continue allow yourself to be drawn outside into the world of reacting to whatever is happening around you. You learn to relax at will; you teach yourself to find an inner calmness with which to identify and connect; and you begin to focus your attention where you want rather than helplessly react to every outside stimulus that wanders into your view. There are many techniques of meditation and with the use of some special meditation tools, supplies and products, it becomes easier to develop the necessary meditative skills to direct your life positively.

In short, choose a technique of meditation -- and there are lots of choices -- that will put you on a path of self-determination to succeed. Good luck! The journey will be exciting, but more importantly, the destination bring you joy.

Chesa | Meditation Works