The flow of focus

It’s sometimes so hard to maintain our focus. The world is full of so many delicious distractions. It almost seems easier to be preoccupied. Focus requires commitment and dedication. Focus demands our complete, unadulterated attention. Sustained focus is an act of will that delivers us into a channel of flow.

Focus moves us from the corners and edges where we are hanging out, having coffee, chatting up friends, running more errands, reading e-mail, and the like. Focus calls us to the core, no more dillydallying, no more busywork. Focus tells us it is time to go front and center. It is time to show up and be present.

That’s the hard part. Focus doesn’t want excuses or equivocations. There are no hall passes or incompletes with focus. You can’t hide. Focus wants you in the spotlight, 100 percent in the now, body relaxed and ready, mind attuned and concentrating fully on the matter at hand. Focus doesn’t fool around.

Focus is the bright light that connects us to flow – the flow of our thoughts and actions to meet the challenge a given task presents. Flow becomes the channel for focus. Like the word implies, flow enables tasks to be completed almost effortlessly. It enhances your creativity. Flow is optimal focus.


“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,

in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

Henry David Thoreau

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2 Responses to The flow of focus

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell July 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    Thank you, dear Na’ama. Love this, and you are so right. You add much to the discussion. xx

  2. Na'ama July 19, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

    And yet … there are also all the different hues of focus … and the out-of-focus shades that hold the other ones in sharp relief, and they together make a total, lively flow …