Learning to Focus. Learning to contain ideas, like a mortal and pestle contains ingredients. Each idea, spice, is specifically selected, then blended.
My mind can fly away with many ideas… dreams … notions …. criticisms … to do lists …. As a mother I find this an endless onslaught which can easily flow wayward in the spin of modern living.
I am consciously in the process of learning to focus. I am learning which ideas are needed, at this particular point in time, and which ideas (although may be beautiful) can blossom within another time/project. What needs to be done, and can be done, within the time and resource parameters. Time management 101!
Clarissa Pinkola Estes uses the Fairytale of Baba Yaga, and the cauldron in which she flies, as a metaphor to explain how focus – creative containment – can fly us from one idea to the next.
Research into neuroplasticity enables a greater understanding of brain function. By prioritising and compartmentalising ideas/tasks a sense of overwhelm is reduced (or averted), the amygdala is calm, and executive functioning is more efficient.