Look where you are going!

I have just got form a barge holiday on the Llangollen canal. I had this beautiful image before we went of floating down the canal, basking the sun, tiller in one hand, glass of red wine in the other, drifting from pub to pub.

That dream was chattered in about 5 minutes barging is great fun, but boy it is difficult to get the hang off.

Especially the steering, a narrow boat is basically a 35 foot long, 7 foot wide, 2 tonne bathtub made of steel. And canals aren’t that wide either, so it is very easy to get the thing wedged…

Now, I have sailed a boat, and I know NLP, so you think I would have picked it up easily right? Er nope, I kept staring at exactly the spot I didn’t want to go, the bank, bridges, ducks, other boats…

And, any of you that have seen that film The Secret will know that what you focus on you are more likely to get. Sadly it isn’t magic, or the Cosmos sending us things or anything like that, it is because we have something our brain called the Reticular Activating System, or RAS for short, and part of it job is to orientate us to our current focus.

I am sure all of you have had an experience were you have bought a new car or a new piece of clothing and you never really saw it around before, but as soon as you got it you noticed it everywhere? That was our RAS focusing your attention on what you were thinking.

So if we focus on something, or whole mind and body orientates itself to it. Ever looked over your shoulder whilst walking and found yourself swaying to the way you head was turned?

Not that it makes it any less magical to know that you are doing, rather than the Cosmos providing, in fact it makes it more magical to me…

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