This meditation lead me to understand the importance of non-focusing on sounds. Meaning to ‘hear’ all the sounds going on around me, but not really ‘listen’ to them. Example, I can ‘hear’ all kinds of music on a radio station, but when I hear a song I really like, I pay more attention, focus on it and really ‘listen’ to it, for my enjoyment. While I cannot always control what I hear, I can choose what I want to ‘listen’ to.
Then he led me to understand it is very similar to how we can ‘observe’ our thoughts without ‘staring’ at them. Observing them with interest, curiosity @ non-judgement is the goal. ‘Staring’ only at the ones I want to be more fully expressed.
This was a profound learn for me! I no longer need to get angry at all the negative news being spewed forth constantly, just not ‘listen’ to it. I do feel empathy for those people who just constantly bombard themselves with it.
Awareness is essential to a safe, secure and sane existence... especially in the exciting times we are in right now. While we should train ourselves to ‘see’ everything (good & bad, positive & negative, Beneficial & Detrimental) ... we also need to learn to take care to only ‘focus’ on what we want to have more of! Because ...
Where Focus Goes, Energy Flows!!
I personally choose to focus on more Beneficial thoughts than Detrimental ones.
We can & will have many good things come out of this pandemic, as long as we have enough people to look for it and not focus on just the negative news! Hope you will join me in staying Focused on the positive my friends!