How to Focus Your Thoughts

Using Light as a Metaphor

Our minds are frequently working to figure things out, and our thoughts can feel like they are flooding us. Sometimes when we really want to focus on one particular thought, our minds helpfully try to offer lots of other thoughts as well. Trying to block them out or make them go away can make it worse. In these situations, I like to work with a metaphor of a spotlight or flashlight. It’s a…



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Susan Brumbaugh

Susan Brumbaugh is a criminal justice researcher who telecommutes, a licensed counselor, a mindfulness meditation practitioner, and a perpetual learner.