We are told from childhood to focus. We grow up and go to work, where we are told to focus on the job. We get married, have kids, and are told to focus on our parenthood skills. We are exhorted to pay attention, concentrate, sharpen our minds, all of which are the definition of the word. What no one tells us is how to do so. Lack of such focus allows other people and situations to cause us stress, which makes us ill. That’s where mindfulness comes in. This is an awareness therapy teaching people how to keep what is outside our consciousness outside and only what is good and nurturing inside.
“One way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us“. (Daniel Goleman)
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life”. (Eckhart Tolle)
Mindfulness isn’t about the secret to wealth and happiness. It’s about being totally in the moment, aware and primed for action. It is, however, the secret to ditching the depression, anxiety, stress and pain from daily life. It can be done anywhere anytime. For example:
Increasing focus is a simple matter of becoming aware of outside influences on your mind and body. It is a matter of putting these influences in their proper place. Deal with them on your own terms at a time of your choosing. Concentrate on the job at hand, placing distractions in their proper place and time. Realize that you are not the cause of the stresses and distractions of current situations. Gently concentrate on your breathing, walking, listening and eating. When you can concentrate on how your body reacts to stimuli like the above, then you will have learned focus. Please contact us for more information on mindfulness and focus. We’ll be glad to help.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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