Are you like this too? Is persistence and concentration like herding cats in your mind?
I have found that sometimes it can a little difficult to control my thoughts on a consistent basis.
Some mornings my visualization goes very well. I can see the seed sprouting and my flower growing and breaking through the ground. I am amazed at how each stalk grows and sends out a bud. I can see the different colors of my flower and I can smell the fragrance.
This one morning was especially difficult – almost like herding cats. Every time I started my visualization my thoughts were off in a different direction. I stop, refocus, and try again. My thoughts were off and running again.
I opened my eyes one morning during my sit and I saw one of my cats just staring up at me.
It so happens that I do my morning sit before I feed the cats. Every morning I get up early, drink my coffee while I do my reading. After my reading, I do my meditation. I sit on the floor in my office. One of my cats sits right in front of me and stares at me the whole time.
I can tell from his look that he is hungry and is very focused on getting food. I know if he could talk, he would be saying “feed me, feed me, feed me…”
Talk about concentration. I realized that if I focused and concentrated on my goals the way the cat focuses on getting food, I would attain everything that I could ever want.
The more that I learn the more I become aware of how active my mind really is as well as how strong my old blueprint is.
My Old Blueprint — Herding Cats
I say I am going this new direction with my DMP, PPNs and what I am learning. My old blueprint is saying: Nope, you are going back this other way because that is what you have always done and are used to doing.
Up jumps the devil (read old blueprint) and says, it is so much easier to do things the old way. You need to relax, watch some TV. I start to wonder, am I really changing??
But then I thought about my rose again. There is so much going on that we don’t see. Just because change isn’t visible doesn’t mean that it is not happening.
For example, we had a light dusting of snow the night before. I went out to my car in the morning to go to work and I couldn’t help but notice that the rose is still trying to bloom. Talk about persistence!!
How can I do any less?
Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail, I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult…I will persist until I succeed.Og Mandino
This is a humbling experience. Every time I think I am getting a handle on things something comes up to distract me. The good news is that I am catching it and not following the rabbit down the rabbit hole. It has been said that visualization and control of one’s thoughts is work. I agree with this statement. My brain was tired after my morning sit.
I am so glad I have my compass, my colors, index cards and my definite major purpose so that it doesn’t always feel like I am herding cats. They have been very helpful in getting me back on track.
I greet this day with love in my heart!Charles Haanel