In The Now
All of us have been told to pay more attention, to concentrate & focus; but have you ever been shown how to?
Learning to concentrate is a skill that takes practice, just like going to the gym to build up the strength in your muscles; you need to practice concentration to strengthen the mind.
People with the ability to concentrate for long periods of time are more intelligent, less stressed, think more creatively, solve complex problems easily, and feel more connected to their friends and family. When you learn to concentrate you begin to become aware of yourself, your own thoughts and your surroundings, and experience things as they are happening.
This experience of being present or ‘In The Now’, creates a feeling of complete calm and timelessness; You can’t feel bored, anxious, worried, irritated or sad because your mind is completely clear.
To experience this state of ‘In The Now’ all you need to do is focus on one thing without your mind wandering off into daydreams, memories, plans, ideas or conversations. Sounds easy, right!.
Let’s give it a go.
1 Minute of Mindfulness
See how long you can focus on a single thing before you are distracted by a thought, or the impulse to get up, move, fidget, worry or plan ahead. You might like to pick something to look at, like the flame of a candle or try listening to your breathing and the sounds of the room around you.
How long were you able to focus on a single thing?: If you lasted more than 30 seconds before you formed a thought, idea, picture, plan or memory you are doing pretty well, if you could make it to a whole minute then you are on your way to being a master of your mind.
If you practice for just one minute a day you will notice a difference in your focus and attention. Once you have succeeded in focusing for one minute, why not try five. The more you practice, the more you will enjoy the experience and the benefits of being ‘in the now’ and eventually, these short minutes will turn into hours.
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