Often, though, I try to be aware of that direction in my interaction with others. Here’s what I mean–
I go through the day. Drive on the streets, walk down the sidewalk, stand in line at the bank, move through the produce aisle of the grocery store. In all these situations, it is me, as well as others. Sometimes many, sometimes just one.
I’ve come to think about these interactions in this way. As my life intersects with others, I can be sensitive and receptive to how their actions and energies impact and influence me. What effect, what change does it make in my life? That’s what I mean by an inward focus.
Conversely, there are times when I am conscious of the idea that my action and energy is impacting and influencing all of these other souls. It reminds me to take responsibility for who I am. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” This is outward focus.
Learning to be aware of your focus is a worthwhile practice. And, as you practice, you will see that you have the ability to direct your focus.