The human mind is powerful and full of energy, but it, too, often runs wild throughout the day as we multitask, scroll, and ruminate on the past or worry about the future. This distraction might interfere with relationships, increase stress – even keep you up at night.
Like training a wild horse, it will take daily practice. But if you want to ride off into a fulfilled, happy life harnessing the awesome power of your mind, one need to understand that happiness is not the goal, it's a Lifestyle.
"Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived."
But, What is the difference between “thinking” and “awareness?”
Thinking is thought intensive while awareness is presence or simple attention in moment.
“Thinking” is when your mind creates thoughts about the situation you are in. “Awareness” is when your attention is focused on the situation simply observing with your senses.
You are aware through what you see, hear, feel, smell, taste.
Thinking separates us from the immediacy of the situation. Awareness gives us direct perception of the situation and allows us to perceive it more accurately.
Ergo, The mind doesn't wander, but awareness does.
For most of us, the awareness runs wild and untrained throughout our vast minds. As a result, our awareness races from place to place, situation to situation, until it exhausts itself. Darting between the past and future, it might cover miles in a day, but it wasn’t moving toward any defined goal. It only stops to rest when exhausted.
A creature of habit, it returns again and again to the same places, even dangerous ones – even though it’s harmful to long-term survival.
To cover up your unresolved emotions, awareness must follow, not lead. But who is the rider?
The core region of your brain that knows what is good for you, the source of your intuition and creativity.
Focus allows the third state of mind, the superconscious, to activate. It can start to move as one with awareness, and flow to places that are healthy and good to dwell in the mind. You and your surroundings thrive as your mental energy is channeled wisely. You can keep focused on your goals without unnecessary stress, and be fully present in all you do.
All training, especially something as energetic and powerful as your awareness, must begin slowly and steadily.
To start practicing focus it’s best not to attempt becoming a yogi overnight, either. Think of how many hours in the day you go down social media rabbit holes, or find yourself running late because you were mulling over a fight you had and lost track of time. You’ve spent a lifetime practicing distraction, it’ll take time to practice focus.
So keeping patience close at hand, begin by making a list of five things you do each and every day; For the first task, commit that from now on, you’ll be totally focused on that task until it’s complete. Do the very best job you can at whatever the task is.
To keep yourself motivated, take a quiet moment after you’ve completed the practice each day and score yourself. Daily practice and progress tracking train your awareness to hold firm, even in the face of external chaos. Your full presence may be difficult to maintain at first – again, you’ve practiced distraction for ages now. But with enough practice, it becomes easier.
The stronger an unresolved emotion or traumatic memory is, the more awareness may be drawn to that area when new stresses arise.
Some traumas have well-worn paths in the mind as our awareness travels back to them often, channeling mental energy but resolving nothing. There are many good ways, including therapy and treatment, to help resolve these over time.
Practicing focus can also help.
With practice, this can yield incredible benefits, and you don’t have to change your life to get them. Using the things you already do to practice focusing your awareness, over time, can change how you experience much of your life.
The more your focus is present, the more connected you can be to yourself, your relationships, and your life’s journey. Helping you to make excellent use of the most limited and valuable resource of them all: the time of your life.
Your mind is vast and has many areas in it, but your awareness is finite. Awareness can be controlled by focus in constructive, rather than destructive, ways. Start slowly by bringing full attention and effort to small daily rituals. Expand this over time to give you control over where you direct and invest your mental energy. As your focus strengthens, the practice can help root out worry, overcome chronic stress, deepen your relationships, and change how you experience life.
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We become good at what we practice and most of us are experts at practicing distraction. We live in a society that trains us to multi-task and jump from one thing to another in an uncontrolled way. The great panacea for a world plagued by distraction is learning and practicing the art of concentration.
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