Daniel Donachie en Lifestyle, Directors and Executives, Entrepreneurs Head of Medicine and Sports Science • Aston Villa Football Club 7/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 1,7K

Prevailing Focus in the Whirlwind of Life.

Prevailing Focus in the Whirlwind of Life.

Focus is a vital element in the way life is experienced. Recent events have lead me to notice where my own focus is within life right now and some interesting insights have arisen. Balancing the need to contribute and provide for my family with the inner desire for peace have been a challenge. Given that we all are encountered with unlimited possibilities every moment, how can we begin to follow and hone our lens in a specific direction?

My own business has been the focus of my attention over the past few months. I have used mind to create new opportunities and develop the business in a number of ways. This has proved immensely challenging and has carved out new skills that I was not previously aware. As these words arise, I notice a difficulty in allowing the words to flow. There is an energy in the body that wants to express itself and yet, the flow is stifled. This is perhaps because my focus has not been on writing lately. When this was the focus, the flow became automatic. Which aspects of life is your focus orientated towards right now? Take a moment to assess this...

Working with many people in all walks of life, I have noticed that focus is more often facing outwards rather than inwards in life. Being joyful and peaceful in every moment of life is rarely a focus I meet.

To be joyful and peaceful within yourself every moment of your life, to be able to perceive life beyond its physical limitations- these are not superhuman qualities. These are human possibilities.

And yet, what else could we seek as a human being? These are undoubtedly human possibilities and how might be access this perception beyond the physical limitations? The paradox here is that we access the unlimited through the object of limitation itself. The focus is directed inwards. Simple awareness in the physical body through the sense organs in the only time that exists. The now. When we train the focus to follow this inward path, the bounded becomes boundless and joy and peace are within our grasp-less grasp. Interesting to note that having brought flow to awareness, its life has been ignited.

Getting back to my own experience of focus of late, it has been a struggle. The external needs of a fledgling business have taken my awareness. And this is very much a paradox of life. We follow external transient moments to take care of the physical aspects of life and to perhaps improve life for other humans. It was only when something shifted in the external world that I was able to drop this focus for a moment, and it felt good. Just to breathe and follow awareness back home. I am not referring to any deluded psychological states here, it is deeply rooted in the awareness of the here and now.

In yogic sciences, everything is just a body- whether it is a food body, a mind body, an energy body, an etheric body, or a bliss body. There is a deep wisdom in this approach. It does not allow us to escape into deluded psychological states or into flights of metaphysical abstraction.

This description of the yogic sciences by Sadhguru shows a clear pathway of focussed awareness through the body. We simply begin with the body as it sits here right now. What are the physical sensations in awareness? What happens when we focus on these sensations and maintain this awareness? The joy of this is for all to realise. Simply begin now. Only when this inner dimension is accessed will we reach our full potential and the focus will begin to flow outwards once again.

In the unlimited possibilities in this very moment, where will you choose your focus to reside? Eternal peace and joy may seem like a superhuman possibility and yet it is available for us all, with a shift in focus. shift your focus now and unearth this hidden power.

With Love,



Daniel Donachie 11/11/2016 · #8

#4 Thank you @Franci Eugenia Hoffman. The outer always follows the inner. Without this focus, the outer can become a mess!

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Daniel Donachie 11/11/2016 · #7

#3 I agree!

Daniel Donachie 11/11/2016 · #6

#2 Thank you Tony! I agree with you about plans entirely. Ultimately, there is no way we can plan for the very next moment because it is spontaneous. To miss this is to miss life. The body and beyond respond to the moment and the mind creates plans based on the past. Your teams are very lucky to have you.

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Daniel Donachie 11/11/2016 · #5

#1 Thanks for your comment and question Deb! This is indeed a challenge and this tension that you describe is palpable. One of the greatest living examples of doing this well has been Sadhguru for me. He runs a huge organisation and has millions of followers. And at the same time, he has this presence that is palpable upon entering his space. This presence comes through being fully here now in the body. Keep coming back to the body and go deeper and deeper. its a gradual process and eventually there comes a places where you can operate the deliverables from the mind and maintain presence. This is an ongoing tension for me. The other aspect is to make choices that allow you to spend less time with the deliverables. With Love, Danny.

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@Daniel Donachie, I can relate to your buzz and I like your statement "Working with many people in all walks of life, I have noticed that focus is more often facing outwards rather than inwards in life. Being joyful and peaceful in every moment of life is rarely a focus I meet." I feel we sometimes get so involved in focusing on our jobs, our family, our finances, the current state of affairs, etc. that we forget to focus on ourselves. We need the inner focus to help with the outer focus.

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Mohammed A. Jawad 8/11/2016 · #3

With a good focus on right things at the right time, you can manage anything!

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Tony 🐝 Rossi 8/11/2016 · #2

The constant struggle of thinking we must focus on the future, executing our plans, preparing for next steps vs. simply being present and going with the flow... I try to teach me teams and colleagues that plans are important, and guide us, but we're best handling the present moment for what it is, not what we think it should be. Plans guide us, but they should not define how we perceive things in the now.
This is great stuff @Daniel Donachie - I'm going to let it simmer some more and come back to it again. Thanks!

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Deb 🐝 Helfrich 8/11/2016 · #1

This is something I notice a lot in myself, @Daniel Donachie. It is almost jarring, how I feel I need to harden up to deal with the world of 'business.' I see and feel the ease as I contemplate working, but then somehow the habit of meeting external pressures takes over. There is a tension in the way I experience the goal-oriented processes of analytical thinking and I do try to understand how to bring more ease into accepting right now versus the over-analyzing that was rewarded as a software consultant. Do you have any thoughts on how to stay present in the face of a deliverable?

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