Something remarkable just happened. I was sitting out on the balcony sipping a glass of wine and observing a completely peaceful scene — still waters, crickets, the last of the setting sun — but I wasn’t peaceful inside. I was thinking disturbing thoughts about things that had happened today, and generalized that to sad thoughts about life and the world in general. So I was sitting there contemplating all of this and feeling not at all peaceful, when it came to me that what I needed to do was to be in the now. As I began to think about what was in front of me, right now, the worries began to dissolve. I simply looked at what was in front of me, really looked … at the lake, at the ripples in the lake, at the few wisps of cloud, at the screen and the frame of the screening on the balcony … and quite suddenly, peace came over me. I changed my focus literally in a heartbeat.
What does this mean?
It means I can change my focus, just like that. It wasn’t a matter of pushing the thoughts aside, it was simply a matter of truly seeing what was in front of me right now. I was (and am) still having the worrisome thoughts but they are not overwhelming me anymore.