Introduction: The Struggle with Focus in a Distracted World
Do you have difficulty with focus and concentration? It's a huge problem if you have a difficult job, and many things to try and manage in your life. The world is also becoming more complex and full of distractions.
Thankfully, there is a solution that can help you remove the distractions from your mind and help you achieve better focus and concentration - discarding meditation.
The Science Behind Focus and Meditation
Scientifically speaking, your ability to focus is governed by the neural connections between different areas in your brain like the prefrontal cortex, responsible for decision-making and goal-setting, and the parietal cortex, which governs spatial awareness and where your attention goes.
Whatever neurons fire together, eventually wire together, and the more consistently they do, the stronger the pathways become.
So if you have a habit of being a slave to your distractions, unfortunately it gets harder to break that habit over time. However, it also means you can change and form new pathways, known as neuroplasticity.
Understanding Meditation as a Mental Exercise
Meditation is a form of mental exercise, and with time and patience it will strengthen your ability to focus and concentrate. Just like your muscles become bigger through repetition at the gym, consistent meditation practice of engaging your mind for a period of time (no matter what!) will grow that "muscle".
This principle applies to everything you learn and grow in. There's no such thing as a quick fix. Consistent, daily meditation will, without a doubt improve your focus, even if it's just 10 minutes a day.
Types of Meditation for Focus and Concentration
There are many types of meditations that will help you with focus just by the act of focusing on the task of meditating - meditations like breathing and sound meditation for example.
What sets discarding meditation apart, is that it has layers of benefits. You reflect on what's in your mind, and learn how to discard the root cause of the distractions from your mind - those thoughts and feelings.
You're getting much more output for each minute spent minute!
Benefits of Discarding Meditation for a Clear and Focused Mind
Focus, self awareness, and a clearer mind. What more could you ask for?
When you have countless thoughts in your mind, it creates more opportunities for you to be distracted, so when you discard those thoughts, the mind clutter disappears.
When the mind clutter disappears, you naturally have better focus, compounded by the fact you've developed the capacity to sit still and focus for extended periods of time. As such, you're able to succeed at anything you put your mind to.
Overcoming Common Challenges and Pitfalls
The number 1 comment we hear with people who "struggle" with meditations is:
"I'm not good at meditating. I can't concentrate"
Well that's exactly why we need to meditate!
Do you know of a single person who became an expert piano player the first time they sat in front of a piano? Do you become an engineer the minute you pick up an engineering book? Are you able to bench press 150kg the first time you attempt it?
Of course not! It all takes practice.
You can't be defeated by the very thing you're trying to defeat, so you have nothing to worry about when you're getting the right guidance and support from experts.
Personal Stories: How Meditation Transformed Focus for Real People
Matt is a Mandurah based business owner, one of our many practitioners across Australia who has benefited directly from meditation. The clarity he gets has helped him in running and managing his business, as well as with his ventures as a keen entrepreneur.
There are also many celebrities who have reaped the benefits of better focus through meditation. People like Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Beyonce Knowles, Russel Brand, Kate Perry, just to name a few.
Conclusion: Embracing Mindful Focus for a More Fulfilling Life
In a world full of distractions and complexities, people are really struggling to maintain focus and concentration and it's effecting their livelihoods.
Thankfully, meditation is one of the most powerful tools you can employ as a form of mental exercise to improve, as you develop new neural pathways and rewire your brain.
On top of this, discarding meditation will help you clear the thoughts and feelings and the roots of the distractions, as well as helping you have more self awareness so you can speed up your change.
Like anything, it just takes time and patience, and the right guidance, and that's why we're here for you :)
Additional Resources and Next Steps
You can become a member and receive unlimited meditation if you're really desperate for change, or if you want to try it first to get a deeper understanding you can join us for our weekly free guided meditation classes online.
What's some things you struggle with related to your focus and concentration? I guarantee it can be resolved through this meditation practice.