Readings from ancient India, The Bhagavad Gita likens a person’s senses to wild horses, and the mind akin to the charioteer, who holds the reins of these horses. If you cannot rein in your senses, they will run wild and take you to places you don’t wish to go. Focus essentially boils down to the absolute control of your senses.
Here are some tips to improve your focus. Hope they help!
In this busy day and age, many people are unable to allocate at least an hour or more for meditation, and that’s okay. Because at any point you are breathing, you have the opportunity to practice meditation by focusing on your breathing, really focusing on the air, how it touches your nostrils and upper lips as it enters, how it feels on the back of your throat, how it feels as it escapes. You’ll find that in the beginning, you will feel restless, your mind will wander, and an endless chain of thoughts will follow. Whenever you notice yourself drifting to other thoughts, gently bring your mind back to focusing on the breathing. Regulating the breathing not only calms down your circulatory system, but focusing will help you achieve a sense of peace and a strange satisfaction.
Really Listen to Music
Listening to music helps to improve your concentration and focus, but only when you really listen. Most of us listen to music while doing something else; working, exercising, or reading. Really listen, and when you clear your mind out and let it be filled only with music that is also another form of meditation, where you essentially clear the clutter of your thoughts and focus on one thing.
Make Your Goals Smaller, Achievable, More Immediate Targets
Having just an end goal in mind, while providing an initial drive, can confuse and frustrate you, and you can lose focus. That’s because if your target goal is difficult or big, you may not see any immediate results which bring you closer to it. Breaking it down into smaller targets that you can achieve within a day or a week will allow you to check it off your list.
Work When You Are Most Comfortable
Some people work better at day, some at night. Do the most important work when you find yourself to be the most productive.
Fast a Little
Heavy eating slows you down by directing the blood to your stomach for the digestive process and making you sleepy. A small amount of fasting has a lot of benefits. It speeds up your metabolism to a certain extent and keeps you alert.
Exercise Your Mind Everyday
Don’t let your mind idle (to clarify, meditation is not keeping your mind idle). Do some puzzles or crosswords, explore brainteasers, engage people in impassioned discussions, build something creative, etc.
Exercise Your Body Daily and Commune With Nature
Whether it’s a brisk walk with your dog or a jog in a park, it’s important that your body is an asset to you, not a liability. Combining exercise with nature will make it more enjoyable.
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