Focus is power. Focus is also the hottest commodity in today’s world. Grabbing the focus of the buying public is the job of all marketing and media. It is how the world works. How can a product or idea sell if it doesn’t catch the attention of the masses? Advertisers use this to their advantage even on children with commercials between cartoons. Focus is so important that drug companies market drugs for children as young as six years old to improve focus and test scores.
So how can you and your child/ren (if you have any) focus on what you each choose and deem as healthy and beneficial for your lives rather than be distracted by that which does not serve your values or intentions? The answer is awareness and practice.
First you must each be aware that almost everything is a choice and you each have the ability to choose whether something warrants your time and focus or not. Second, you must each be aware that all media and advertising are just someone else’s viewpoints.
If you want to achieve what you desire for your life, it is very important to be an independent thinker. Albert Einstein said that “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Did you know that Albert Einstein had ADHD and Asperbergers? One of his elementary school teachers told Albert’s father that it didn’t matter what Albert did because he would never amount to anything.
Everyone has opinions based on their own beliefs, experiences and agenda. The interesting thing is that most of your beliefs were started by someone other than you.
Here is an exercise for you and children to strengthen your focus and awareness skills.
Choose an object to focus on for at least two minutes when you are alone and not driving. It can be a pen, your hand, whatever you choose. It cannot be the television, a computer or anything that changes. Focus on it for at least one minute thinking only of that object. If something else happens to distract you (other than something you must attend to like your child or an emergency), keep your thoughts focused on the object. Your mind may wander and that’s OK; just bring your mind back to the object. Do this exercise every day. You may increase the time or change the object upon which you focus. Over time you will find that the focus skill you are building is transferable. The skill of ignoring distractions that do not require your response will become more of a conscious choice for you.
This is great for children as well. It may seem boring to them in our fast-paced video-game driven world, but the benefits will build a necessary balance for them. It’s easy to do and the rewards are immense. Over time focus and the awareness to decide whether or not to pay attention to a distraction will become conscious choices rather than automatic reactions.
Make it fun rather than a chore. Focus on something that makes you smile and the time will fly by. Also trade off and focus on something that seems boring as this is where the skill is needed most.
Thoughts precede feelings, and actions and inactions spring from emotions. Focus starts that whole ball rolling. Master the skill to focus naturally and you become a master. This is what meditation is all about – the control of focus.
Our modern-day world has so many interesting things vying for your attention. Focus is your friend to help you and your family members achieve what you each desire. Controlling your focus is the first step to owning your power. As Walter Anderson says in his wonderful book entitled The Confidence Course, “focus on solutions.” What you and your children focus upon expands. If you focus on the problem, it grows. Focus on solutions and solutions will come to your intuitive mind if you are willing.
Enjoy infinite blessings!
It looks like Canada is experiencing similar hardships as the United States regarding what was a pure and natural food supply. While this video is a bit long, it is very informative and worth watching if you care about what you eat and feed your children. Together we can all make a positive difference in our food supply. Vote with your dollars.
If the embedded video doesn’t show up in your browser, you can view what seems now to be a controversial documentary entitled Salmon Confidential at http://salmonconfidential.ca/
My last post was written from a state of disbelief about the GMO rider that is being referred to as the “Monsanto Protection Act”. Now that the shock has lifted and the sad temporary reality has set in, I found this statement from Senator Mikulski’s office. Senator Barbara Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee has a record of protecting the American public. This new law obviously does not. I do not mean to single out Senator Mikulski as she was not the only voter in the Senate or the House and President Obama signed it into law after the voting was complete. I address this to all politicians.
I understand the compromises politicians must make once they enter into what is now the corporate dictatorship rather than what is believed to be a democracy. Was that really the only option available to avoid a government shutdown? I do understand the fears and pressures we are all under in these trying times.
The good news, however, is that the bill is only in effect for six months and some politicians are saying they will not let this pass into law again. I pray they stick to their word. Hopefully biotech companies cannot do any more damage during the next six months.
May God inspire all politicians and appointees to start thinking and acting for the wellbeing of all the people who put them in office and have some backbone rather than bend to the will of the corporations who fund them before, during or after political office. How ironic it is that corporations are funded by the same people who elect politicians. Perhaps this will wake up the nation. One can only hope and trust in God to help turn the tide back to democracy and a nation of people who take an active role in their own health rather than assume ADHD is a disorder and a nursing home is the inevitable end of the road.
I must also admit that I am not perfect either as I write this article. Today I ate a bagel which probably contained things that were unhealthy. Since they were sold freshly-baked by my local grocery store and GMO’s are not labeled yet, it is hard for me to know for sure what was truly in them. We all do the best we think we can with the money, time and awareness with which we have to work.
When the food supply becomes pure again and animals are treated humanely and not drugged, food and health will hopefully no longer be a political bargaining chip. Now that’s a prayer!
As in my last post, I would like to share some very informative articles I have come across which I also posted on Facebook. It appears that it took a while for mainstream media to speak up about this issue, but they are covering it now.
Please be sure to connect on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ADHDchildren since I update that more than this blog.
I will list the links below to the articles I mentioned in case you would like to read them.
To the health of the nation!
I’ve been searching the web and CNN and FOX to see if they have this story also, and I found nothing recent. Other than MSN, I can only find information on other sites that promote health and business news. At first I was angry that this could have happened. Now I believe I may be in a state of disbelief or shock. Did this really pass into law?
If this is really true, this puts GMO producers into the same category as drug companies who make vaccines in that they now cannot be sued for any damages caused by their products. In the case of vaccines, a pseudo court was created called “Vaccine Court” which is presided over by an attorney. IF parents can prove their child was damaged by a vaccine, any settlements they are awarded are paid by taxpayers – not drug companies. It would appear biotech food producers may have been awarded that same protection in addition to many others in the provisions of this bill.
The FDA and the politicians elected by the American people have shown us all where their loyalties reside – if this is in fact true.
Below are links to a few articles about the “Monsanto Protection Act.” This bold-faced shocking maneuver, if it’s true, has very interesting timing on the part of our government a/k/a the corporate dictatorship given that citizens around the country have been working to get the labeling of GMO’s on the ballot in their states since it failed by a small margin in California in November 2012.
Do you smell foul play?
GMO’s are labeled in over 40 countries around the world. The American consumer is the most powerful lobby group in the world. When Americans are able to read that the food they feed their children contain GMO’s, that market would collapse quickly. Consumers can stop buying the products once they are labeled, but this new “Act” means that federal courts cannot stop these companies from turning 100% of our food supply into GMO’s. Here is a link to a PDF of world-wide GMO labeling laws. http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/ge-map/
I consider this “Act” – if it is true, a violation of our human right to have a say in our own health and know what we put in our bodies and feed children, pets and the fish and animals we consume. Since God created the original seeds which biotech companies cannot patent, I feel confident that while corporations may have won round one, God is in charge of the next round and has a better plan brewing to make things right for the health and wellbeing of this country. We must stop being sheep and keep the faith. I know I will do both.
Here are the links to some articles about the “Monsanto Protection Act.”
If you agree, please comment and/or share this post. The children need our help NOW more than ever.
If you haven’t seen it yet, please view my video entitled “ADHD – Healing the Myth” on this site or on YouTube.
This is a MUST-READ article – especially if you have children. It’s a little long, but well worth your time.
A must-see video about food, allergies and cancer.
This is a very informative article about the GMO Rider. If you care about your health and the health of your children, you’ll take the time to read it and share it. http://www.anh-usa.org/the-latest-on-the-gmo-rider/