Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
Have you ever heard the expression, “You cannot see the forest for the trees”? This saying can help us think about this week’s lesson on the Power of Imagination. Sometimes, our creative flow gets stuck because we have too narrowly focused our attention (looking at individual “trees”) instead of standing back and viewing the larger picture in which our thoughts, ideas, creations exist (seeing the entire “forest”).
Last week, we examined our Power of Imagination as creativity and our ability to direct our attention and focus as we help co-create the world in which we live. It’s true that focusing our energy is an effective way to control our attention and be a co-creator of life. This week, however, we expand on those thoughts as we think about widening the scope of our perspective and thinking more broadly about all the things that make up our own personal world. At times, our ability to come up with new ideas and solve problems works best for us when we take time to step away from the problem or issue we are trying to solve or make better.
Want an easy way to check your focus in any situation? Try this, right now as you’re reading these words, consider this: what is the temperature in the place you are located? What sounds can you hear around you right now? What scents are flowing through the air? Unless your surroundings are extreme, you probably didn’t notice much about it until you shifted your attention. In fact, bringing in too much peripheral “noise” can be distracting and interfere with your task at hand, but this same shift can be beneficial when practicing your creativity skills. In fact, creativity can be enhanced by meditation techniques that broaden one’s attention. Want to try this out for yourself this week? Watch the video below. Try this walking meditation in your neighborhood or even simply walking through the rooms of your home.
By using intentional focus combined with shifting our perspectives, our Power of Imagination can guide us in making innovative change in our lives and in our world! Have a powerful and creative week!
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