Attention and Focus

Using flower essences to address the root of your ability to focus or concentrate

attention

  1. notice taken of someone or something; the regarding of someone or something as interesting or important

concentration

  1. the action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort

focus

  1. an act of concentrating interest or activity on something

Sometimes you need a little support for being able to concentrate or focus on something. There are many causations for distraction or inability to focus on a task at hand. The way in which you approach tasking is important, as is your self-talk. When you are engaged in an inner dialog of self-recrimination, your focus may become scattered and elusive. Very often worry is an engaging visitor that keeps you from giving your full attention.

At times, you may be simply overloaded with information or stimulation and can’t concentrate. There may also be inner beliefs that you can’t do certain things that hold you unconsciously in their clutches. Other people’s needs may be distracting you from being able to focus, even if those needs would be better met by the individual.

The reasons are many, but flower essences can help. Following is an exploration of some common issues that underly your ability to focus and concentrate and the flower essence that can transform them.

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Simple Clarity & Focus

Sometimes you feel unable to sit down and focus on something. Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus flower essence is all about simple, single-minded attention, supporting you to clearly focus on one thing at a time. It is a great flower essence to help you prepare your income taxes, studying for an exam, focusing on bookkeeping for your business, clearing your mind to allow creativity, and more. If you have an issue with clarity, focus or concentration, this is the flower essence to use. You can add any of the following flower essences or use it on its own.

Distracted by People or Things

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Hoptree flower essence is excellent if you tend to be easily distracted by a myriad of things that draws your attention away from what is most important. It is great when you are distracted by another’s needs and then lose sight of what is most essential for your highest good. Just because you are aware of someone’s needs doesn’t mean that you are the one to fulfill them. This flower essence can help you get in touch with the inner wisdom that knows what is best for you, and supports you in following it. It can also help you if you lose sight of your purpose and get off the track.

Unorganized

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Sometimes focus is about organization. You might approach a project, feel overwhelmed by its complexity, and then find that your attention scatters. Staghorn Cholla Cactus is helpful if you need support breaking down a task into a series of smaller tasks. It can help you organize the way in which you approach projects and tasks. The essence is excellent for those who feel they are lacking the organizing gene.

Focused & Mindful

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When you are consciously focused and aware of others around you, you have a sense of social appropriateness. For those with a tendency to blurt out whatever comes to their mind, which others may find obnoxious and offensive, Sow Thistle is the flower essence to use. The essence supports your ability to consider the effect of your words before you utter them. It is an excellent flower essence for those who are not aware of their impact on others.

Bad Person

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If you an inner conviction that you are bad because you find it challenging to focus, Crown of Thorns can help. It helps transform guilt that comes from judging yourself as good or bad in your ability to focus as others do. The essence can free you from self-negating thoughts. It is great for those who were told as children that they were bad for not focusing in school as well as for others who reached that conclusion on their own.

Weighted Down with Negativity

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If you are feeling inadequate and weighted down by the seeming insolubility of a problem, Inmortal could help. Often deep feelings of inadequacy and shame underly your ability to focus and concentrate. When your inner focus is engaged with identifying yourself with negativity, it leaves little energy to concentrate. Inmortal flower essence helps you give up the negativity to the Creator for transmutation and helps you experience your innate beauty and self. It brings self-confidence and self-love. Your attention and focus become enhanced as you let go of the inner self-belittlement.

Mental Hijacking

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Strawberry Cactus is an excellent flower essence to use for those who tend to worry. If you have an active mind that passes time by worrying about what might go wrong in the future and then planning for all the possibilities solutions, this is the flower essence to use. When you free up your mind from these incessant worries, it can be focused in the direction you choose.

Information Overload

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When you have too much excitement or too much mental stimulation, it is terribly difficult to stay focused. Sometimes you simply need a break. Fairy Duster is for an over-stimulated nervous system, especially resulting from too much input or stimulation from the environment. This flower essence is excellent to use if you have been studying too much, have been excitedly stimulated by new information in a workshop or new job, and need time to integrate. It calms and soothes the nervous system and supports integration.

Old Beliefs about Yourself

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Sometimes the issue of focus can stem to experiences you had as a child. Perhaps you were told that you could not focus and this belief play over and over inside you, usually without your even realizing it. Tarbush flower essence is for recognizing and detaching from deeply imprinted assumptions or beliefs that may be conscious or subconscious, that are presently limiting your growth. Tarbush can help you step outside these old beliefs and find what is true today. It is also for those who stubbornly cling to resignation that they can’t change, this is the way it is and I will always be this way.

Fear of Making Mistakes

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Sometimes your inability to focus or concentrate can be based on fears that hold you in its grip. The fear of making a mistake can freeze you in inaction. The fear of repeating a mistake of the past can also keep you from concentrating. Scorpion Weed helps you focus and concentrate free from the fears of making or repeating mistakes. It can free you from the fear that your errors are irrevocable or unforgivable. It helps you realize that there are no absolute mistakes of failures, only experiences from which you can learn and grow.

Selecting the Most Appropriate Flower Essences

Though you can use more than one flower essence together, you probably will not need to use all of the ones mentioned here. After contemplating your relationship to this issue, select the flower essences that apply for you, or use an intuitive method to select among them. (For more information on how to do this, see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.) A general guideline is to use four drops at a time, four times a day, in water. However, it is fine to follow your intuition and use them as often as you like. Most people find that they tend to use them more often in the beginning and less often towards the end of the cycle. Unless otherwise indicated, a cycle is usually two to four weeks. [more]

For information on how to clearly evaluate the effects of the essences you have used, see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.

Recommended Flower Essences

Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus
inability to focus or concentrate on something
Crown of Thorns
self-judgement and the belief that you are a bad person because you cannot concentrate or focus
Fairy Duster
excitement or information overload that keeps you from being bale to focus or concentrate
Hoptree
being easily distracted by others’ needs or a myriad of things keeps you from focusing on what is most beneficial for you at this time
Inmortal
deep feelings of inadequacy and shame keep you focused on negativity instead of what you want to focus on
Scorpion Weed
unable to concentrate of focus because the fear of making mistakes holds you in it grip
Sow Thistle
tendency to blurt out whatever you are thinking, unmindful of others around you
Staghorn Cholla Cactus
feeling overwhelmed by complexity leaves you feeling inadequate to the task
Strawberry Cactus
worry, especially about what might go wrong, keeps you from concentration
Tarbush
old beliefs about yourself and your ability to focus keep you from doing so