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Concentration

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There are times when our concentration is so profound the world diminishes into a background vagueness such that very little will let the world intrude upon us. Total concentration takes us to that place and can be a gift but can also be a bane or a danger. When we concentrate deeply we are likely to achieve the results we’re looking for and subsequently feel pride and a great sense of accomplishment. However, we may have sustained some injury or have missed some important signals that have changed things we care about or have changed the outcome of our efforts. Great and intense concentration is needed, though, to perform many tasks and to be able to connect our world’s many dots into an intelligent whole.  With the pluses and the minuses having so much meaning it makes it very difficult to know or learn how to balance maximum concentration with enough peripheral awareness that you don’t get blindsided. Room should be made in the back of any concentrator’s mind to register anything awry on the sensory or subliminal level; with these back of the mind sentries in place you’re free to give all your concentration and the bulk of your attention to your current endeavor. This is not easy to do, but can be done with practice or necessity; parents get trained very rapidly. The benefits outweigh the effort of the learning process; total concentration is a magical tool with untold uses. Wouldn’t you like to learn to use a difficult tool for difficult tasks?

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Afloat

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Sometimes it seems as though we can hardly keep our heads above water, then struggle one more time to reach the surface and find ourselves exhausted. We may have struggled toward the surface from fear of the unknown or a possibly dangerous world below us.  We may avoid the water altogether and continually fly above the surface finding ourselves reveling in the magnificence of free flight. These reasons for fearing or rejoicing in an underwater or above water experience represent extremes, extremes that bring strong positive or negative feelings up front and center in our minds. While extremes of feelings can be helpful in the short-run when we face short-term positive or negative circumstances, they are a detriment if allowed to continue indefinitely. It might be of some value to learn to float – hanging comfortably between the deep sea and the light air and be able to enjoy them both. While floating our powers of observation re-emerge and we can take pleasure in our surroundings and learning about them. When we become too busy or involved in our own small portion of life that we cannot observe the rest of life around us we may begin to sink again to the depths of inconsequence and ignorance. When we become so ecstatic or joyful that we ignore the rest of life around us we may float above the surface of daily life with the same result. Once we’ve learned to accept that there are depths to which we may sink and heights to which may rise we can choose our place to float between them. One wouldn’t want to live completely without extremes, but it’s much more comfortable to find our floating place and know that after the joys and sorrows we can return there. For in the place you choose to float you’ll find your sense of the permanence of some things, your expectations about people and events is not jarred, and your life is on an even keel until the next sinking or flying occurrence. Wouldn’t you rather find a floating place than see-saw from high to low endlessly?