November 13, 2021
How to control the attention span in simple, easy to follow steps.
No matter where you are in life, a short attention span has consequences. Whether in the classroom or a board meeting, if your mind is wandering, that could be problematic. All can increase attention span and improve it to the degree that will benefit you in life.
- There are many health benefits all can acquire from practicing meditation. Daily meditation sessions can have an enormous advantage in improving the attention span. Here are some quick and easy steps. The first thing that will be necessary is to ignore all distractions. You can also include a prepatory statement. (ex. When thoughts arise, I will focus on the target and not be distracted for the allotted time.) or (This is my time, and I will not be distracted for the next few minutes.)
- Find a quiet location free from distraction. It is essential to relieve tension and relax the body and mind before beginning. Sit in a convenient chair as long as your posture is straight, and the body is comfortable without any physical strain. Avoid physical movement that distracts the attention.
- Take a few deep breaths to refresh the body and bring oxygen to the blood. Take deep diaphragmatic breaths, inhale through the nose and hold for two seconds, then exhale through the mouth. Repeat this a few times, then breathe normally. Now, start from your toes and relax all your muscles working your way up to your head. Feel the relaxation of each muscle before moving on to the next body part.
- Now, sit still and let the mind wander where it wants without getting caught up in any thoughts that will enter the mind. You will notice all kinds of thoughts coming into your mind and never standing still. You may, for the first time, see how restless the mind is. Every time your mind gets caught up in thought, bring it back to meditation.
Learn to have no interest in your thoughts. Thoughts will gradually lose their hold over you and stop demanding your attention. This technique will allow you not to get involved in worries and unimportant thoughts and prevent them from occupying the mind and becoming more assertive. You can begin practicing meditation for 15 minutes daily. As the ability gets more substantial, you can increase the time. As your ability to show a lack of interest in thoughts increases, you will impose peace of mind and stop the constant chatter in daily life.
Remember that you are not the mind but the authority above it. Which means you can master your thoughts. Practicing this technique will bring a remarkable transformation into your life. You will become happier, more patient, and peaceful. You will have the ability to deal with life’s situations efficiently.
Learn to execute mindfulness meditation all day long. Go through the day as usual but maintain awareness of all activity. As you practice this technique, it’s an all-day training session. Your brain will rewire itself to apply the significant changes to your thinking habits. Everything you do is an opportunity to train by bringing the light of attention to center stage to illuminate the situation and yourself.
Emotional attachment clouds the mind and robs you of the ability to deal with life efficiently and calmly.
“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. Real power is in sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control you, that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” --Bruce Lee
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