Week 6 – The Endless Possibilities of Attention

This week, I must confess I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, as I am still working on my press release and now the movie poster. I have always wanted to do one. I have lots of ideas but can’t seem to decide which shapes to attach to which goals. The old blueprint for sure – my tendency, which truly has become a habit, to always want to make sure everything is “perfect”, or “the best possible way”. I have decided on one shape – red for true health. Partly because I see a lot of red traffic lights in my parts of the world, so these will be great links to me from now on, as well as an invitation not to be seething at the local traffic (which sadly I still do at times). So now there are three left. I will pick them and move on

I’m also overwhelmed with the amount of opinions I have, each and every day. The exercise we’ve been asked to do – no unsolicited opinion giving in two weeks –brings home how much energy I spend on this. And on the flipside, how wonderfully freeing it can be not to do so, to withhold my thoughts, or opinions. Of course at times it’s extremely tempting to say something, and I still very often fail. And yet it feels really awesome to even be aware of what I am doing. As my childhood ballet teacher said, “Self awareness is the first step to improvement.”

This is another lesson from this week – how much of this opining I do a-u-t-o-m-a-t-i-c-a-l-l-y.

In fact, I do it to myself. More often than I realize, I’m sure. Here is one example: when I use a GPS, I get into this competition with myself. I see what the original destination time is and track how many extra minutes I needed to get to the destination. If I had to pick a totally embarrassing (not to mention useless) thing I am doing, this could be a winner. I am stopping it now. It’s a total waste of precious mental energy. So one of my personal goals for the week will be to put my mind in neutral more often…like my stick shift at a traffic light in the car.

I definitely want to use my mind for more inspiring thoughts. They are so powerful. That’s why these are my favorite quotes from this lesson:

6-18 The woman who looks within instead of without cannot fail to make use of the mighty forces which will eventually determine the course of his life and so bring her into vibration with all that is best, strongest and most desirable.

6-19 The possibilities of attention when properly directed are so startling that they would hardly appear credible to the uninitiated.

6-21 Focus this power through attention or concentration on any single purpose for any length of time and nothing becomes impossible.

I want to end this week with a quote from Deepak Chopra that has been a big inspiration – and in total alignment with what we are learning here. He says:

Every thought, feeling, and sensation in the mind sends a message to every cell in the body.

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8 thoughts on “Week 6 – The Endless Possibilities of Attention

  1. Greg

    great post. I have also REALISES how opinionated I am. Probably the hardest task we have done. But you right awareness is the key, and then build on it with persistence

    1. Ilona Post author

      Aw…thanks Heather. And thanks for your amazing posts! And brilliance, and making this much nicer blog happen for me! Woot woot!

  2. Gerhard

    It is beautiful to see how the awareness is taking away that veil behind which our habits from the old BP are hiding. It is awesome to embrace clarity that you get when you start focusing on what is really meaningful for yourself. Less is all of a sudden more. You really inspired me here. Thank you so much Ilona.

    1. Ilona Post author

      Thanks for your very kind words, Gerhard! I really appreciate it. I have a lot of aha moments it seems, and especially the last two weeks with the no opinions. Now I have to check out your blog! 🙂

  3. Grace McCarthy

    Hey Ilona, nice to meet you! Great looking blog site. Love your blog, I can relate to so many parts of it. Hope you are having a great week. Keep your movie trailer in the car for those moments at the traffic lights! 🙂

    1. Ilona Post author

      Hi Grace, thanks so much for the kind words! I am so glad you like the blog – it is all thanks to the amazing Heather from our class! 🙂 Love it. I do need that movie poster sometimes. 🙂


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