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WHEN FOCUS BURNS- PERSPECTIVE COOLS

 WHEN FOCUS BURNS- PERSPECTIVE COOLS

When the sun shines on the earth below, its warm rays bring life to seeds, strength to bones, light on living beings.

When the rays fall on water at a certain angle, light is refracted into a rainbow.

When the rays focus on a leaf, they can burn.

 

For the plant to grow optimally, periods of light need to give way to periods of darkness.

 

 

The parent’s gentle gaze is life-giving to the child. It provides the attention required to keep the child safe and its needs met.

 

The parent’s attention on a child helps the child to define who s/ he is. It allows the soul to manifest in ego. Self-concept is formed.

 

Continued and concentrated focus of the parent burns the ego. It can twist the child, distract from its own inner awareness as the child tries to enter the life of the parent, the needs, desires, expectations of the parent; and not its own. The twisted ego, struggling for survival, cannot turn its own gaze into developing self-esteem and self-awareness.

 

For the child to grow optimally, periods of attention need to give way to periods of inattention.

 

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When focusing on a problem causes burning, distress, upset, fear, anxiety: take a step back! Gain perspective.

 

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This month is the time for expansion. Clear yourself with light and sound, center yourself and take a cleansing breath.

 

Sittin  relaxed, we bring the mind to the things in the environment that we are aware of seeing. Like passing a torch through the darkness, we pass our focus on all the things we are aware of.

 

Beyond these things, there are others in the room that we can see but were not aware of at first glance. The things at the corner of the eye, in front but not standing out; like a pencil in a cluttered desk. Pause now, for just a moment on each of the things which are in the environment, ready to be used if we need them, ready to be looked at when we will, waiting for attention.

 

There are other things in the room which are beyond our first and second sight, out of the reach of the eye as we sit in one position. Some of them are familiar, so we know they are there. Pause now to look around, behind , perhaps at the cobweb in a window, a gecko on the wall, a chip in the paint.

 

These are the things around us – all available to be seen, but not all focused on till we decided to do so.

 

Like a circle expanding outward, look now for the farthest thing that can be seen, and other objects and scenes in the periphery of vision.

 

Experiment with changing the focus of attention: objects far away, objects close by, objects in the middle distance.

 

Be aware of the feelings and thoughts that arise as we look at the objects closely and at a distance.

 

What a great number of objects make up our daily lives. The population of things in our environment that we choose to focus on, or not.  Do we improve any by our focus? Help by taking a larger perspective? The chip of paint may seem like a blot with close focus, but be lost in the general neatness of the wall.

 

The things we think we need and want and require. The things we cannot throw away, but have no use for.

 

Which of these objects define us?

 

Coming  out of this exercise, retain  awareness of how expansion and concentration of our vision is a choice we make at all times. The eye sees much more than we are aware of. We have reactions, feelings and emotions to the objects around us.

 

We can change our reactions, feelings and emotions by changing focus and perspective.

It is our choice.

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© June 2003  Meenakshi Suri

 

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