Shift Your Focus

#contentology #shiftyourfocus #mindfulness

Shifting focus can be a useful skill to help with your mindfulness

I sometimes practice this in the way I notice my thoughts.
Mindfulness does not have to be trying to get the absence of
thoughts, but it can pay attention to them in a curious way. I
sometimes try to make a shift in my focus from having all these
strong feelings, to shift into noticing and labelling these feelings.
Once I move into becoming an observer of these feelings, a new
perspective often comes into focus. And often what happens is that
those feelings lose some of their intensity. It is a subtle shift that
allows a gap to develop between what we experience and how we
respond to what we are experiencing.

Another way I shift my focus when I’m doing Shavasana* after my
yoga session. This shift involves me trying to shift my focus from my busy thoughts, to the pattern of my breath moving in and out of
my body. If I get distracted, I just return to noticing or counting my
breaths. This shift in my focus, helps to bring a quiet calm to my
mind. It also brings a clarity and allows me to get focused on me
and my goals and my positive mindset.

And funnily enough, whilst these activities of shifting focus during
mindfulness are quite an internal focus, it actually allows me more
room to have compassion, time and patience when I’m interacting
with others. So being able to use this skill of shifting my focus,
paying attention for me, is a great skill for social connection as well.
I’d love to know if you have tried to shift your focus in your
mindfulness practice or if you are keen to try these next time you
want to get some calm in your mind.

And just in case you wanted to know a bit about what Shavasana

*To perform Shavasana, lie on the back with the legs spread as
wide as the yoga mat and arms relaxed to the side, and the eyes
closed. The whole body is relaxed on the floor with an awareness of
the chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath. During
Shavasana, all parts of the body are scanned for muscular tension
of any kind. Any muscular tension the body finds is consciously
released as it is found. All control of the breath, the mind, and the
body is then released for the duration of the asana. Shavasana is
typically practiced for 5–10 minutes at the end of an asana practice

Have a great day,


Published by Kate French

Clinical Psychologist; expertise in autism and child and family psychology.

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