Tales for Our Times-How Owl Taught Jody to Learn to Focus
Inner Wisdom expresses itself most eloquently through images. Through the process of Interactive Imagery you dialog with your Inner Wisdom and discover whatever it is that you need to know.
I am in awe of this process and of the beauty and power of the messages my clients receive. They often feel to me like modern mythology.
In Tales for Our Times I offer these narratives to you. May you find the wisdom in these Tales both inspiring and beneficial.
How Owl Taught Jody to Learn to Focus
Jody enjoyed an abundance of interests. An accomplished organist, she taught students, practiced for concerts and served as music director for her church. Passionate about the environment, she served on the board of a local conservation organization. She stayed in
close contact with her grown children and made a point of spending quality time with her husband every day. Concerned about maintaining good health, Jody devoted time each day to power walking or Pilates. Time had to be found, too, for keeping up with laundry, bills, email and all of the countless other tasks that modern life demands.
Jody had too many things to do and not nearly enough time to do them. Worst of all, she
often found herself overwhelmed by the myriad of possibilities. With the many options spinning around in her head, she felt incapable of doing anything at all. Unable to
decide where to turn her attention, she ended up frittering away precious time
and accomplishing nothing. At times like these, Jody could be very hard on herself.
No wonder she panicked one Spring when it came time to plant her garden. Judy loved the fresh flowers and vegetables she grew, but where would she find time for one more activity? This was when she came to me for life coaching to create better balance in her life. We used Interactive Imagery to help Jody learn to focus.
When we asked for a Guide to help Jody, Owl appeared. Owl took Jody flying above a meadow where he liked to hunt. Jody saw rabbits and chipmunks, mice and
voles scurrying around below.
“If I stay up here, wondering which one to choose, I will starve,” observed Owl. “I must select one animal, focus on that one and strike. It doesn’t matter which one I choose.”
“Once I’ve selected my prey,” Owl continued, “I must remain undistracted by other possibilities or I will fail and my family and I will go hungry. Our survival depends on that focus.”
With that, Owl shot down to the ground, snatched a shrew in his talons and flew off to his
nest. Jody saw clearly how preposterous it would be for Owl to attempt catching more than one animal at a time. She felt uncertain, though, how to choose which task to attack.
Owl counseled Jody to spend several moments each morning asking for guidance deep in her heart. He assured her that clarity would come regarding which activities to pursue.
Jody instituted a practice of focusing for a few moments before she got out of bed each morning. She saw her day take shape and recognized clearly which tasks she would go for.
By turning her attention wholeheartedly to the tasks she had chosen, Jody accomplished
much more with greater comfort and ease. Her sense of well-being increased as she no longer beat herself up for all of the things she had not gotten to during the day. After all, she reasoned, just like the animals that Owl had overlooked in the meadow, her tasks would be there to catch another day.