IMPROVING FOCUS & CONCENTRATION

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IMPROVING FOCUS & CONCENTRATION

5 Unusual Forms of Meditation That Improve Focus & Concentration

We've talked about meditation a lot in these newsletters.  I don't care who you are - a grungey, hardcore MMA guy or a house mom just wanting to get in great shape...

Meditation will change your life.

Why?

It's pretty simple.

We live in a crazy world.  Mental stimuli is everywhere.  We all have deadlines, responsibilities, relationships, careers or school, etc., etc., etc.  But our minds are cups that can only hold so much.

The thing is, most of us don't spend time "emptying" our cups.  That's what meditation is.  It empties your mind, so you can feel clear and focused when you go back into your life.

Here are 3 unusual forms that might work for you instead of sitting and chanting "Ohhhmmm...." 


1) Writing

You don't have to write about anything in particular.  Just write what's on your mind.  Clear out those thoughts that clutter your focus, and put them on the page.

2) Drawing

You don't have to be a DaVinci to enjoy drawing and get the meditative benefits from it.  Just doodle.  Or scribble even.  Let your thoughts process and unfold as you get into the trance-like state that comes with putting pen to paper.

3) Walking

Going for a solo walk through your town is an amazing form of meditation.  Practice noticing things: trees, people, buildings, animals. Just walk, observe, listen, and think.

4) Biking

Same thing as walking, but on a bike.  Get into a steady rhythm of pedaling, and just notice everything around you.  Get in touch with your surroundings and what's going on inside your head.

5) Lifting

Lifting weights can be extremely meditative.  You put your music on.  You get in the groove.  Before you know it, you're in a trance-like state, clearing your head.  Here's a tip to make it even more meditative: Before each exercise, close your eyes for a second, and take a deep breath.  You'll go into the exercise more focused, and your mind will calm down, too.

Notice:

None of the above involve being in front of a computer or TV screen.  They're very "analog" activities.  To clear your head, and get in touch with yourself, you've gotta pull away from the digital toys.  It just doesn't work any other way.

 

Enjoy your day!

Hanshi Serrano



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