In The Now
All of us have been told to pay more attention, to concentrate & focus; but have you ever been shown how to?
1 Minute of Mindfulness
If you are reading this right now, stop for a moment and see if you can remain focused on the moment you are in without your attention drifting into thoughts, labels, ideas, comparisons, songs or images. 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 or try listening to your breathing and the sounds of the room around you. Try it for one minute and everytime you lose concentration, refocus the mind back on the object you chose or your breath and hearing…
How long were you able to focus on a single thing for? 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 suceeded in focusing for one minute, why not try five. The more you practice, the more you will enjoy the experince and the benefits of being ‘in the now’ and eventually these short minutes will turn into hours.
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