“Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true spirituality.” – Chagdud Rinpoche
Traditionally the word “focus” means to concentrate or pay particular attention to. But “focus” has so many expanded meanings for me. For example, all these ways of being depend on one’s capacity for focus, but are also not limited by it:
- Mindfulness and awareness
- Spacious awareness
- Relaxed awareness
- Loving awareness
When I use the word “focus,” I don’t mean being overly concentrated. You can focus lightly on one thing, but still be cognizant of everything else going on around you. That’s spacious awareness that is both relaxed and alert.