Creating masterpiece after masterpiece and leaving a legacy for your work that lasts for centuries.
How does someone like Leonardo Da Vinci work like that each and every day?
It can be summed up in one simple word…
“Focusing is about saying No.” ~ Steve Jobs
Leonardo Da Vinci simply focused on one thing and he said “No” to everything else.
He had to focus on the creative flow that was moving through him rather than stopping to check email, texting or let his mind run in every direction imaginable.
In fact, this kind of direct focus became known as the Da Vinci technique for painting.
Steve Jobs was well known for amazing creativity and razor focus.
Have you ever seen how Steve Jobs practiced staring without blinking and cultivated the ability to focus like that any time he wanted to enter the “zone?”
Another word for this kind of sharp focus is “meditation.”
Most people don’t think about meditating with their eyes wide open.
Leonardo and Steve did that every time they engaged in their highly creative work.
To give you an idea about what it’s like to engage with a focused, open-eyed style of meditation any time that you’d like to, try this…
From wherever you are, take a minute and use your imagination…you can have your eyes open while engaging your imagination.
Imagine for a minute that you are a child…
You are outside in a clear, warm sunny afternoon with the natural elements around you to inspire you and to nourish your experience.
You decide that there is a board that needs a nice coat of paint.
You look around and see small buckets of paint with beautiful colors…
So you choose the perfect color and you begin.
With each stroke of your brush, more of the board is covered.
You play with making shapes out of the paint as you swirl your brush over the surface.
What is happening in your body, mind and emotions?
What is occurring in your awareness?
How effectively is your mind focused?
Keep painting, swirling the paint with your chosen color all over the board. Be as creative as you’d like.
Enjoy your time painting and playing with the color that your chose.
Continue with your artistic project until it feels complete.
You can apply this same kind of focus to anything you are doing…
If you were to let each project at work and each chore at home or school be colored with focus, wonder and fascination…
- How could your experience of your work or chores be different?
- How could your sense of wonder, openness and beauty expand?
- How could you start to see your life more as an adventure where you learn and grow from within?
How can you use the natural engagement of focused, open-eyed meditation to transform every moment into a time of contentment and relaxation?
Let’s play some more and deepen your understanding of the benefits of focused, open-eyed meditation…
Take a minute now and recall the board that you painted in your imagination in the exercise that we did above.
What color did you choose?
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Looking at your color, what did you learn about YOU?
Any time that you focus on something in a creative way, your right brain is activated and the creative, “in-the-flow” aspect of yourself can come through into conscious awareness.
When you use your right brain, you are engaging with the vastness and greatness of who you are and all kinds of cool stuff surfaces!
It may seem like the color that you chose to use is an accident.
Yet, in a state of focused, open-eyed meditation, a creative, dynamic and self-aware part of you is able to come forward. You sense how to be in a flow of energy that can bring insights and deeper understanding into your perception.
In this way, daily activities become a platform for discovering more about yourself:
- the depth and wonder of who you truly are and
- what you are capable of creating and being
You can repeat this focused, open-eyed meditation each day for a few days and notice if any different colors come up.
Be sure to allow yourself a few minutes so you can paint, swirl and focus on the painting and the playful creative moment of imagination.
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