Daily Focus #1
Me Time: Put yourself on your TO DO list
Before you engage in the organised chaos of your day, allow yourself a minimum of 10 minutes as soon as you get out of bed - yes do this out of bed.
Choose an area to work from like a quiet nook in the house, the garden, your bedroom floor, etc. You don't need any fancy equipment, although if you want to, you can adorn your special area with whatever makes you feel at peace such as beautifully scented candles, incense, meditation rug, and so on – you can go as fancy as you like of course (flicks hair).
For the next 10 minutes you will practice to be in silence with yourself in this 'space'.
Now, Close your eyes.
My advice is to choose an object or a word to help you focus. There's no prescription here, you can choose whatever you like such as the number one, ohm, Amen, 'I am' etc. and each time your mind wonders off, say your chosen word (out loud or internally) or visualise your chosen object as many times as necessary to help you stay in the moment. Allow the distracting thoughts to enter and leave your mind, acknowledge them but do not engage.
This exercise will help you to clear your mind in preparation for the day ahead. Remember, the more you practice the better you will become.
This is not only for the morning, you can practice stillness whenever you feel overwhelmed or are just in need to hone your focus through out the day. Please feel free to go beyond 10 minutes wherever possible.
Love and Light,
Dorcas Maphakela is a writer, visual artist and holistic well-being advocate, using art and words to share knowledge and inspiration on living a full life. She is also a TV presenter, public speaker and founder and producer of the Antenna Award-winning OZ AFRICAN TV (OATV). Alongside her role with Multicultural Arts Victoria, Dorcas co-founded Yo CiTY, a platform that champions the culturally diverse experience through Art & music. Dorcas is an Academic Screen Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. She studied Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Writing.