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Regaining Focus when the Mind Wanders for Productivity
In our humanness, it is inherent that our minds will wander... regardless of stress, anxiety, and so far. And in fact, research shows the mind wanders 50% of our waking moments (University of Miami). The WANDERING MIND is EVER PRESENT. And, contradicting popular belief, mindfulness doesn’t cause all thoughts to stop.
Mindfulness can help and support you in stabilising and directing your mind, which comes in handy and useful, especially in moments when you may feel stressed, distracted, or overwhelmed. Focused-attention practice can help you learn to direct your full, undivided attention to a single object of focus, in this case, you can turn to your breath as a single point of focus... experience breathing.
Practice for you to try:
- Sit in a position that is alert yet relaxed. Notice your body, your feet on the ground, your legs and your torso as they make contact with your seat or the ground. Also noticing your posture, sit in a position that’s upright but not rigid, relaxing into your body and breathing normally.
- Begin to notice your breath. Without changing your breathing, direct your attention to the experience of breathing, the sensations of the in-breath and the sensations of the out-breath. Noticing the air coming in and out of your body, firmly but gently direct your full, undivided attention to this experience of breathing, whatever that means to you.
- Notice when your mind wanders. Simply take note and then gently bring your attention back to your breathing. Come back to the experience of in-breaths and out-breaths, the full cycle of breath. This is the process of focusing attention on the breath.