Opportunities to Focus

+ chopping vegetables Opportunities to Focus March 2010 15884848_sI’ve previously confessed my penchant for making task lists and loving to check things off as I get them done. Working through a list of tasks can be satisfying, but it can also make me feel a little pressured. I often find that I want to be done with the chores on my list so that I can get to “the good stuff,” the things I really want to do.

A few years ago, I came across a helpful idea on this subject in the book, “Ask and It Is Given” by Esther and Jerry Hicks which has inspired me to think differently about my tasks and my work:

There is no high work or low work – there are just opportunities to focus. You can be as fulfilled in any task as in any other. Source flows through you, no matter what your endeavor is.”

Releasing my work from the categorization of high or low, favored or disliked, special or menial, important or useless – has been freeing. Instead of racing through certain tasks to get to the good stuff, I find I benefit from holding each thing I’m doing as an opportunity to focus.

Focusing on my work as an opportunity brings awareness and consciousness to the task I’m undertaking, be it dusting the piano, cooking dinner, meditating, walking, doing errands, or even the good stuff, such as having coffee with a friend. Being a little more conscious and valuing each endeavor, instead of disdaining some of them, brings me a sense of spaciousness that helps dissolve the hurried feeling I have as I rush to get certain things done. By not fighting against those things, I have less resistance and can be a little more at peace with almost everything.

Each task then becomes an opportunity for fulfillment and satisfaction – just as the book says, “You can be as fulfilled in any task as in any other.” It is sometimes a stretch to feel fulfilled (a pretty tall order!), but I can usually find a level of satisfaction beyond the “thank God it’s done!” level where I used to end up.

The transformation seems to come through the wisdom in the last sentence: “Source flows through you, no matter what your endeavor is.” By being mindful of the opportunity to focus that every task brings, I call in Source energy to inform the moment, to inspire it, to transform it. It’s interesting what happens. I feel a little quickening, a sense of turning up the voltage. I sense an added dimension and feel Source energy joining me. I become a little more at ease, more in the flow, less effortful. Source “flows through” me and greases the wheels.

It’s amazing how very easy this is. I just tweak my perception (it’s not high work or low work, not good or bad – it just is), I realize it’s an opportunity where I can focus my thoughts and energy, I call in Source energy, and I experience satisfaction. My day is transformed!

A while ago, I changed the noun in this passage so that I now speak it in the first person:

There is no high work or low work – there are just opportunities to focus. I can be as fulfilled in any task as in any other. Source flows through me, no matter what my endeavor is.”

Would you try an experiment for me? Read the above passage to yourself, or say it out loud. Then, set the intention to experience the next task, the next hour, the next moment as an opportunity to focus Source energy. After a mindful, cleansing breath, say something like, “I call in Source energy to enhance this next task, hour, moment to bring in ease, effortlessness, gentle satisfaction and fulfillment.”

Notice what happens. Is there more ease? Do you feel less stress? Does the task feel more satisfying?

Please let me know what you experience. I’d enjoy hearing about it

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