focus – the art of gathering to center

we reach out in all directions, gathering information.  we collect ideas, concepts, strategies.  information rolls around in a scattered assortment of abstract thoughts. we have moments of utter clarity that fade into vague recollections.  then we focus.  we bring all that we have gathered into center.

when we bring things to center it allows us to direct our focus in a flexible manner.  it becomes fluid, and accessible.  we can manipulate ideas and consider alternatives. from this perspective we can watch the changing tides of attitude around us and shift our focus to the deeper issue.

from center, our focus becomes cloaked in stillness rather than rigidity.

that is a huge shift away from the struggle to ‘stay focused’ and toward the awareness of ‘being focused’.  it is a shift that allows us to settle into our focus and move through problem solving with a sense of grace.  it allows us the flexibility to meander through all that we have gathered and bring the relevant fragments together.

octopus reminds us to focus in this way.

as one of the most intelligent creatures in the sea, octopus is capable of complex behaviour and is flexible, not only in body, but in mind and approach as well.  this allows octopus to solve problems and use tools. octopus moves with fluidity and grace; its movements echo the ebb and flow of ocean currents.  all of this makes octopus a wonderful symbol for our innate intuition and creative abilities.  it reminds us to look at situations from many perspectives and to trust our instincts.

octopus is adept at camouflage, almost instantaneously able to match colours, patterns and even textures of its surroundings, making it able to merge with its surroundings effortlessly while simultaneously reaching out to explore and understand its ever-changing environment.

these attributes reminds us to draw on all of our skill to navigate our truest course through difficult times.  octopus reminds us to reach out in all directions, then focus,  gathering all we know to center.


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