Why am I writing this blog? I ask myself many mornings. I am not asking myself out of frustration or weariness. I am asking myself because that is a way of being in focus as I sit in front of my keyboard.
It is my practice to frequently question what I am doing and why I am doing it. I guess this is an outgrowth of my education in science. Life is a laboratory. There are many variables. One way of establishing parameters and controls is being in touch with my own feelings and needs. The proper focus of my actions comes when I have been able to fold together my feelings, my needs and my sense of my physical health.
Focus brings me to this daily task of writing, which in turn brings focus to my day. Today my focus of activity continues to centered on responsibilities which are necessitated by my mother's recent death. My psychological focus is on my grieving process and its implications in the other relationships of my life. My dietary focus is on managing my intake today with allowances for consuming more calories and water to compensate for my increased physical exertions.
Focus is directed intent. Mindfulness is maintenance of focus throughout the day as circumstances develop as I act and interact with my environment. These are dynamics of practice. Consciousness with focus is very powerful. Practicing the development and maintenance of focus builds self-confidence. I find that increased self-confidence bolsters my capacity for joy, compassion and generosity. These are essential ingredients of my humanist values.