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What's Your Focus? Heart Over Mind Or Vice Versa? Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on November 14th, 2013

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What's Your Focus? Heart Over Mind Or Vice Versa?

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Regaining Focus, Heart Over Mind

Regaining Focus by Alex Holyoake from Flickr Creative CommonsI've been taking a lot of pictures lately. I've always loved photography so I use a sophisticated camera (don't get too impressed, I don't know even a tenth of what this sophisticated camera can do) so that I can play with the shutter speed and F-stop.


The camera, on automatic settings, decides what the focal point of the picture will be. It decides how dark or light the image should be as well.



Photo: Alex Holyoake, Flickr Creative Commons


What I learned a long time ago is that even the most sophisticated camera is not nearly as sophisticated as our eyes. 


Very often, while on automatic, I think I'm getting the image I wanted to capture in the photograph, only to find out when checking afterwards that I had not. Seeing afterwards that the camera had overruled my vision of the photograph and focused and captured something entirely different.


I've noticed that happens in other places in my life as well.


Am I the only one who starts to drive somewhere and goes on automatic pilot? I've driven to my mom's house so many times over the years that I barely think about it.

Leading with the Heart

Here are a few reasons that I've started to think when I go onto automatic pilot.


One, sometimes I forget where I'm going! On a familiar road, is it my mom's house or the ski mountain? Is it Yogaspace (oh, how I love going there!) or is it the grocery store? When I go onto automatic, I sometimes forget to pay enough attention to make crucial decisions about turns and other navigation.


Two, I let my brain take over. I don't notice the unbelievable show the world is putting on if I just use the presence of heart to notice. Not the presence of mind, the presence of heart. The sky is exquisite, the light changing all the time. Even familiar, unbelievably familiar routes, shine with the inevitable changes that occur in every new moment. We live in a world of believable, exquisite changes. Watch the rain sometime. Notice how it gets heavier, lighter, changes direction, the sun peaks through, a bird speaks through it. 


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About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.