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The Limitations of Focussing on the Present Moment
Short version maybe
The idea of focussing on the present moment is very curious indeed. The minute you can actually focus on the present moment, you will find you are sensing in a broadband way. It's not focussing or what we focus on which is important, it's how we use the senses. By being mindful in a broadband way we are automatically now.
Long version maybe
The problem is that most of the time, when our senses are focussing on something, we are thinking about something else. Life is about coordination and the challenge is to concentrate. And so on internet these days, there is a trend with seemingly hundreds of sites which advise focussing on the present moment. Mindfulness in the present moment is very different to focussing on it.
Focussing on the taste of food, on every footstep, or on a tree or flower, are good concentration exercises, and generally speaking they are far better than sudokus, reading or writing this, or any other purely intellectual, abstract form of concentration.
When we want something, concentration comes naturally and focussing is useful and easy. So, it's good advice when wanting and focussing, to have wholesome, inspiring focal points.
But, focussing is always a form of selective attention, so if you focus on something you always inhibit your general awareness of the many other things which are happening.
So focussing on the present moment, is at best an interesting first step. But the minute you can actually focus on the present moment, you will find you are sensing in a broadband way.
In order to be now, and have a feeling of integration and awakeness, it's not focussing or what we focus on which is important, it's how we use the senses, by being mindful in a broadband way we are automatically now.
It could be argued that this is only a confusion of terminology, but we need meaningful terms in order to think clearly. Focussing and broadbanding are two different ways of sensing and experiencing life. They are two different ways of being.