In this age of hyper-connectivity, we are bombarded with more information and distractions than at any other time in human history. With all of this stimulus coming at us, it is more important than ever to understand how to control our attention.
Concentration is our ability to hold our attention on a task for as long as we chose. It is an essential skill for accomplishing the things that we want to do in our lives. When distractions come in and take our attention away from a necessary task, our goals suffer for it. Here is a simple technique that can help you take back your attention and begin strengthening your ability to concentrate on your chosen tasks.
First, sit in a comfortable position. It is good to have your back straight to allow good blood flow throughout your body and to the brain.
Second, close your eyes and take in several deep breaths. If you find it more helpful, you can breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Third, allow your breathing to relax and begin to focus your attention on your breathing. Feel your breath as it enters and leaves your body. If your attention wanders off to anything other than your breathing, simply bring your attention back to your breath gently, but firmly.
You can practice this technique for about five minutes a day or whenever you feel that you need to clear your mind. It is helpful to set a timer before you start so that you can let your mind focus completely on the task. You can begin to work up to doing it for longer periods if you feel up to the challenge. This technique also makes a good lead-in to meditation.
Keep in mind as you do this practice that your attention is controlled by your will. Your will works just like your muscles. It grows stronger with regular use and weaker with neglect. Practice using your will consistently and in a specific manner and you will find that you develop powers of concentration that allow you to power through even the most challenging tasks.
Please leave me a comment to let me know how this technique works for you. Enjoy!