Shift Your Focus

Shifting Your Focus

Born and raised in the Catholic Church, it should come to no surprise that my main form of meditation is through prayer. My goal, usually, is to pray when I wake up and before I go to sleep. For the sake of this post, I will refer to prayer as meditation to hopefully relate to a broader audience.

Meditation is your sanctuary. You can use it for whatever you need; to think about whatever you have going on in the day, or think of certain people or groups of people that you want to send positive energy. My point being this time is yours.

If you don’t already have some form of meditation, I recommend trying that out first.

I even have some inspiration to get you started.

While reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, I came across a quote regarding meditation.

“Try praying differently, and see what happens: Instead of asking for ‘a way to sleep with her,’ try asking for ‘a way to stop desiring to sleep with her.’ Instead of ‘a way to get rid of him,’ try asking for ‘a way to not crave his demise.’ Instead of ‘a way to not lose my child,’ try asking for ‘a way to lose my fear of it.’ ” -Marcus Aurelius

This quote inspired this post. I think that, yes, it may be easy to meditate or pray that you receive everything you want. However, rather than wishing for the easy path, meditate or pray for the ability to tolerate harsh change, to be able to make adjustments, and to be flexible with your end goals. This mindset, in my opinion, is much more productive to one’s individual journey. Focusing all this energy and positive thinking towards what could happen in terms of “hardships” or “bumps in the road” when chasing a goal prepares you for the unknown. This is important because you are already funneling these positive moments towards what could happen, therefore if anything does, you are more readily prepared.

Think of the positive, and how it can prepare you for what is to come on the path to your goal (Rather than just wishing for something to happen).

Be creative.

Justin Page, Gonzaga ‘18

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