From an early age I have been interested in and ridden motorbikes.
In my mid-twenties I bought a motocross bike and started regularly visiting the local motocross track. I loved the way the bike accelerated, sliding around corners, flying over jumps, the tinny noise of the bike and even the smell of the two stroke’s exhaust.
As I had not ridden for a few years most of the skills returned naturally. One thing that I could not get used to was whoops. The best way to describe whoops is a series of humps or speed bumps down the track. At the track I rode the whoops were about a meter high.
Good riders would enter with speed, keep the throttle open and skim over the top.
I couldn’t do this. I went up and down every one of the humps. It slowed me down, causing more exertion and fatiguing me. Riding motocross bikes is really physically demanding!
One day I was chatting to another rider about this. He asked where I looked while riding. He suggested rather than looking at each crest and valley, keep my head up and focus into the distance.
This on its own could be a beautiful metaphor regarding how to live our lives:
Keep our head up and focus on the destination and glide over the up and downs.
If you focus on every little up and down you get bogged down.
But there is far more to this.
Could how we look at the world change our perception of what we see?
When you view the world, what do you focus upon? What is your focal point?
The word focus has two meanings:-
- The state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition. “his face is rather out of focus” Synonyms include: focal point, point of convergence
- The centre of interest or activity. “this generation has made the environment a focus of attention” Synonyms include: centre, focal point, central point, centre of attention, nucleus, heart, cornerstone
In our society being focused is a desirable quality. We spend our lives trying to focus. We focus on our studies and homework while in schooling. In later life we focus upon our careers and work. To relax we focus on TV, films, books, computers and mobile phones.
Could all this focusing be causing us to unconsciously have tunnel vision? Is seeing the wood for the trees nearly impossible for us now?
What do you focus on? Is it positive or negative? Is it close or in the distance?
When I have felt at my most spiritually aware my sense of awareness extends far in to the distance. My physical senses are far more heightened.
By reducing the distance of our focal point with computers and phones, could we be limiting our potential for all awareness? Limited awareness could reduce our ability for expansion.
Isn’t it strange how when we lose something like the car keys, we search high and low yet we can’t find them but as soon as we relax and stop looking they soon appear. This can also happen when we are trying to remember something. We search our brains trying to remember what we have forgotten but can’t recall it but we wake up in the middle of the night and remember.
Should we practise relaxing our focus? Should we let our eyes relax and our minds drift? Once we let our focus go we can truly see. What we are seeking may soon appear.
Mark- The Alchemist’s Journey