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Where Is Your Focus?

Having severe back pain for many years I realized one day that most of my attention and time was spent on thinking about my pain, not on getting better. This does not mean I was not trying to get better or that I did not want to get better -- of course I did. However, the more pain I had the more I focused on it. This left less energy for getting better.

As the saying goes, "Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it." Well the same can be said about thoughts. We tend to think the same thoughts over and over again. I read once that today you will think 95% of the same thoughts you had yesterday. This shows the importance of being careful about what you think because you are creating through your thoughts. You may not be consciously saying I want to create this but it is happening because of repetitive thinking and giving energy to what you do not want in your life.

How would we experience this in our daily lives? I used to work for a very large high tech company as a contractor. When I started working there, everyone told me I would never be hired on full time. Some of the contractors had been there longer than two years and firmly believed it was impossible. I even heard it from the permanent employees. Now it would have been very easy to focus on that and then believe it to be true but I continued to believe I would be hired. I stayed focused on this desire and sure enough six months later I got a permanent position.

Too often we focus on what we don't want instead of what we do want. Have you ever had a headache or maybe a pain in your body somewhere? This pain was driving you crazy, then you started doing something that took your attention away from it like seeing a movie or doing an activity that you love. Then suddenly two or three hours later, you realize the pain was gone or you had completely forgotten about it. The pain may have disappeared or maybe once you stopped the activity your thoughts went back to it and as soon as you did, it returned.

With a little practice you can begin to change your experience of life. I found it easier to start with a physical pain. However, you can begin to work with your thoughts too. First, notice what you are thinking about your pain. If you are feeling a particular emotion, notice where you feel that in your body. For instance, maybe someone at work says something that makes you angry and you notice that your belly area feels tight and uncomfortable. Can you take a few breaths into this area and release the tension? How does this affect your body, what thoughts are you having now about the situation, and other person involved? Did your thoughts change?

There is a lot to think about from this brief article like: what am I focused on? What am I telling myself repeatedly about my life, relationships or capabilities? What and where do I feel in my body when I am upset or stressed? Can I change the state of my body through my breath? Does this change in how my body feels affect my thoughts? Think about these things and begin to focus on how you can make subtle changes that can have a dramatic effect in how you experience and live your life.

Remember when you begin to recognize what you are focusing on, then you can begin to change your experiences very rapidly. Be patient and know that there are always deeper thoughts and beliefs that guide us daily that may no longer serve our highest good or that have outlived their usefulness in our lives. What are you focused on right now? You can use your mind's habit of thinking the same thoughts to limit your experience of life or to set yourself free. The choice is yours moment by moment and thought by thought.

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