Have you noticed how your mind jumps from one object of attention to another? Our minds do this all the time.
One shiny object after the other shows up and away our mind goes to that thing.
I’ve been exercising my mind to pay attention longer to whatever I am doing.
For example, during meditation, I focus on my breath.
Yet my mind has a very hard time doing that for any length of time.
The list of activities for the day shows up, emotions and feelings and judgements of yesterday come along as well.
Before I know it minutes have flown by without attention to my breath.
The interesting thing about this is noticing what is happening.
Once I notice then I can do something about it.
It is sort of like life.
Many of us have competing events happening simultaneously demanding attention and action.
It is difficult to totally focus on one thing when something loud and shiny comes along demanding our attention.
There is nothing wrong with our minds wandering from one experience to the other. It’s just what we do without any thought to it.
We have been trained to pay attention to whatever comes to us in the moment.
The phone rings and you answer it. In the old days you would run to your telephone and pick it up.
Today it is constantly buzzing, ringing or singing a tune on your hip to get your attention.
How can you avoid answering when the call is so loud?
Our lives are a constant source of distraction.
I wonder if we change the way we react to what is happening if we can have more happiness and clarity?
I think the answer is yes.
However we will need to develop new skills and practices if we are to achieve different results.
I have some ideas based on my own research and practice.
First, Awareness. I have found the practice of awareness to be foundational to bringing my mind back to the topic at hand. If I numb out and don’t notice anything then I won’t see that there is something to do.
Second, Focus. If we focus on what we are doing in the moment like a weight lifter focused on the lift we will have an unwavering lens on what we are doing. This results in a speedier and better result.
Third, Practice. There is no better way to get in shape than to do some exercise. The same holds true of training the wandering mind. We will need to practice until the mind has learned how to be in the moment notwithstanding what is happening around us.
Even if you meditate for two minutes a day you will notice a difference in your life.
It is a way to walk your path with more joy, happiness and achievement.
This is who you are.