Take back control of your attention
How’d it get late so soon?
Walking in the house last night, I had high hopes to relish in success of another hard day's work, relax, and enjoy dinner.
But my mind had another idea.
Thinking of all the things that needed tending (one after another) I was bopping around and negotiating what I could still get in before bed.
It was already too late when I realized maybe I shouldn't keep looking at my phone.
Attention is an absolutely significant resource, right?
Everybody has 24 hours.
Sometimes you're sleeping, sometimes you're working and what's left is one of the most important things you have.
We live in a world with information flying at us and the resource is the thing that consumes all this, your attention.
We can deal with this — we just have to be clear that the resource is attention.
Let's say that attention is a crucial resource. We have to treat it as such.
Easy to say.
The next step is we need tools, self-regulation and individual awareness to grab back control of attention.
The problem is when we mindlessly go with the constant stream of information coming at us through our devices.
At our fingertips there's a fascinating world of buzzes, boxes and bings and it's pulling our attention away. The problem is now we need to expend a lot more energy getting it back on track.
That’s one reason why meditation can be difficult, though you build that muscle. You build your mind muscle to control your attention.
TAKE BACK CONTROL OF YOUR ATTENTION
There’s a time for productivity and a time for distraction. A time to daydream and a time to just be.
It’s about manuevering your attention.
So, scroll through the news on your phone. And while you’re doing it, know that's what you're doing.
This is the principle of meditation and mindfulness practice, because the mind will only be as robust and available as it is steady and directed.
Meditation is an experimental lab for attention training.
With extended practice, you’ll become better and better at being attentive. You’ll even noticing the earliest impulse to get distracted.
For me, it really helps because it relieves the overwhelm that comes with distraction and loads of information. I believe it’s the most valuable skill, in fact.
COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF TAKING BACK CONTROL OF YOUR ATTENTION?
Do you think that could be useful in your life?