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Arts Awareness Monthly E-Newsletter | December 2013

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“Lose” Yourself!

Great artists develop a remarkable ability to “lose” themselves when creating or performing their art. They become absorbed in what they’re doing—a level of concentration that we might forget to consider in the midst of everyday life. “Losing” themselves doesn’t mean they are unaware; in fact the opposite is true. They are able to engage in a level of concentration that allows them to be present and at the same time maintain a high level of awareness. It’s an inclusive awareness. The concentration is not narrow, but a flexible focus with breadth.
 
How high your awareness level is determines
how much meaning you get from your world.
~ Ansel Adams
 
People everywhere are trying to find ways to do the things that need to get done. Almost all of us are on overload with our busy lives and constant sound and visual stimulation. This is particularly true at this time of year during the extended fall and winter holiday season.
 
We check our e-mail, glance at our smartphones, and all while we watch TV and/or listen to music while reading, cooking a meal, or riding a stationary bicycle. Some of us might work on a project, skip to another, and another, never trying to complete one until it becomes urgent and necessary. Often at that point we discover it’s too late to do it well or to even get it done at all. Some might think they’re good at taking on several things at the same time and think they accomplish a lot; but there is more and more evidence that points to the fact that this multitasker way of doing things destroys your ability to concentrate, to create things and experiences that are truly meaningful.
 
One had to immerse oneself in one's surroundings and intensely study nature or one's subject to understand how to recreate it.
~ Paul Cezanne
 
The most successful artists and performers—
  • benefit from the feeling of being in charge of their work or activity
  • consider the meaningfulness of what they’re doing 
  • know that the more time they spend, the more skilled they will become.  
They’re motivated and focused; they attribute meaning to their work; they do their work with purpose, with an end in mind. 

Think about your life—
  • Do you have a problem you would like to solve? 
  • Do you feel bored much of the time?
  • Do you want to improve your work?
  • Do you feel harried and overworked?
  • Do you feel like you never get anything done?
  • Are your relationships suffering?
Solving questions like these requires you
to take a step toward flexible focus—concentration with greater awareness. You have to do what needs to get done, but take charge, not allowing yourself to feel forced. Find meaning in what you’re doing and live with purpose. Let go of resistance and don’t allow yourself to become discouraged.  

When you choose to move forward like this—to “lose” yourself in creating your life—it isn’t concentration that is focused like a laser that you’re after, but rather one that is merged with all the elements of the effort or situation at hand. It involves purposeful intention and a broad awareness that’s merged with the environment. This is the preparation and process artists and performers engage in each and every day to perform and create their art. When you do all you can to express yourself in this way, it can make a big difference in what you create in your life. 
 
Your chances of creating deeply hinge on the quality of your awareness state.
~ Eric Maisel
 


Interesting—Check it out:

The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont is a concentration study guide. The author presents twenty lessons to guide you step by step through what concentration is and how one can achieve it no matter what else is happening. 

The Alternative Medicine article by Sam Horn offers 5 Tips to Improve Your Concentration.  

The book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi discusses how people can experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. He demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. 
 
A concentrated mind is not an attentive mind; 
… but a mind that is in the state of awareness can concentrate. 
Awareness is never exclusive, it includes everything. 

~ Bruce Lee, martial artist

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About the Arts Awareness Newsletter:

This newsletter is meant to spark ideas and develop a deeper understanding of artistic processes and their use in leadership, everyday life, and work. Content, which comes from personal experiences and a variety of sources, is based on the Arts Awareness concepts developed by Patricia Hoy. Questions? Comments? Contact Patricia at patricia@artsawareness.com or 901-229-1955, Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.
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