Finding my focus? What focus? Please let me know if you've found it. I have been looking for it since...ooooh! Kittens!
Have you ever walked into a room and forgot why you were there? Me too. And quite often. What's up with that? For me, I have 1 million things running through my mind at any given moment, possibly more. With that overly exaggerated number of thoughts running through anyone's mind at one time, who could focus on any one thing? Not me. I've diagnosed myself with "Restless Mind Syndrome". It's like Restless Leg but in my head and 100% made up.
To top off the "Restless Mind Syndrome", I also struggle with doing things at the last minute. I want to do things early so that I have time to make changes if necessary, but I just can't seem to do it. I wait until right before something is needed and then I pull out the greatest hustle that I can in order to get it completed on time. And then I'm exhausted. Phew. Nap time anyone?
Maybe you can relate to these situations or you experience something similar. According to yoga philosophy our minds are restless because they are filled with 'endless desires'. The desire to have a spotless home, to have the kids ready for their practices and lessons, the desire to be in school, go to work, go play and have fun, bake, cook dinner, go to an event, play with kittens....and on and on.
We live in a fast paced world and we need to remind ourselves that it is ok to slow down and that it is necessary as well. Try simplifying your schedule, getting help with your chores or possibly ignore the extra things that pop up that aren't a necessity. This doesn't mean that you have to tell the kids they can't play soccer or that you can't put fun things on the calendar. It means that you take 5 minutes (or more) during your day to stop, breathe and focus on one task at a time. (I don't know what that's like but I'm going to try it. One day.)
If you are sitting at basketball game watching your All Star shoot hoops and you're on your phone or laptop trying to get work done and texting your friends or family about this weekends plans, STOP. Put your phone down. Close your laptop. Take a nice long breath in and exhale it out. Then just watch your All Star do his or her favorite thing and enjoy the present moment. Your work will be there later or tomorrow. Your people can wait until later or tomorrow to discuss upcoming plans. Enjoy the present moment because it won't last long and your All Star is going to grow up one day. And get this, you do NOT have to entertain everyone else's desires before your own. Holy shit. No way.
We tend to pride ourselves on our ability to multitask but is it always necessary? If you are always doing 3 things at one time are you ever truly giving anything the attention that it needs? No. The answer is no.
Try doing one thing at a time this month and see if that changes your mind and how you feel. Focus on your breathing when you're multitasking and when you're not. Do you notice a difference? Do you notice a difference in the amount of "crazy" you're feeling?
Yoga asana (poses) can help with focusing the mind as well. You need to get upside down! Not necessarily in a headstand or a handstand but something more simple like Downward Facing Dog. (If your butt is over your head, it counts as being upside down!)
I'm including a Pranayama (breathing technique) for you to try to help you gain focus.
The Pranayama is called Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing. This type of breathing is designed to help bring you back to your center.
No go and do 1 thing at a time. Practice your yoga on and off the mat. Leave your comments below if you've tried single-tasking or this breathing technique. Let me know how you're doing!
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