Finding Your Focus

Are you constantly distracted as you multitask throughout the day?

It’s time to slow down and focus! The importance of mindfulness is something I’ve been hearing a lot about lately. My boss recommended a book by Daniel Goleman: Focus: The Hidden Drive of Excellence. This week’s issue of Time Magazine features the cover story: The Mindful Revolution. The science of finding focus in a stress-out, multitasking culture.

Hmmm…is the Universe trying to tell me something?

When I spend time in nature watching birds, I’m completely focused. Why? I’m unplugged, for one thing – no gadgets (well, not counting my camera!). And the birds are excellent teachers. Just watch them as they hunt for prey – they are 100% mindful of the task at hand.

Green heron waits for fish

Green heron

This green heron crouches patiently, waiting for his prey. He might even lure in a fish using a twig or insect as bait. Then in a flash, he snatches it up quickly with his daggerlike bill.

Great Blue Heron wading

Great blue heron

The great blue heron is unfazed by nearby humans as he wades with one purpose in mind – to find dinner for himself and perhaps his hungry family back in the nest.

Tri-colored heron

You might see the tri-colored heron jumping and flapping his wings, but don’t be fooled – he’s not performing for the camera; he’s 100% focused on stirring up his next meal.

Snowy Egret at Green Cay Wetlands

Snowy Egret at Green Cay Wetlands

Absolute focus paid off for this snowy egret.

Least bittern

Least bittern

The elusive least bittern  climbs on reed stalks, and strikes downward into the water with bill to catch a small fish.

Sora hunts for prey

Sora hunts for prey

The shy little sora ventures out into the open to hunt for prey.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. – Alexander Graham Bell

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