Welcome to Day 2 of the mindfulness challenge. Today we’re going to work on mindful concentration.
Before we do, reflect on yesterday’s challenge when we talked about mindful breathing. Are you still practicing?
How does this make you feel?
Today we’re going to work on practicing mindful concentration.
In today’s world of distractions, very few people can concentrate effectively.
If you’re like most people, your focus is fractured.
Your thinking is distracted.
You feel overwhelmed by thoughts, worries and noise.
Your mobile phone beeps every three minutes, sending your attention in a different direction. You are bombarded by information, much of which is only created to distract you from being your true self.
A fractured mind is a harried mind.
A mind without PEACE.
Gaining the ability to concentrate brings your scattered mind back to the right place 0- the here and now.
Mindful concentration unifies the mind and body.
It is one of the KEYS to mindfulness.
The ability to concentrate completely on one thing is a bedrock of happiness.
As Thich Nhat Hanh says:
“Suppose you are offered a cup of tea, very fragrant, very good tea. If your mind is distracted, you cannot really enjoy the tea. You have to be mindful of the tea, you have to be concentrated on it, so the tea can reveal its fragrance and wonder to you.”
Pour yourself a glass of water or one of your favorite beverages.
As the water enters the glass, pay attention to how it swirls. Watch the droplets as they scatter on the side of the glass.
Now, take a sip of the water.
Fix your whole attention on that one sip of water from beginning to end. Feel it as it moistens your lips and trickles into your mouth.
Concentrate on the feeling it gives you as it slowly slides down your throat.
Savor its delicious coolness.
Follow this sip from beginning to end. If a different thought tries to appear in your mind, gently bring your concentration back to the glass of water, saying to yourself “Here and now.” .
Repeat this process until you’ve finished the entire glass of water.
No cutting out early 🙂
Before you dive into tomorrow’s lesson, take a moment to reflect. Share what this experience was like for you.
Was it challenging to concentrate?
How did you feel during this process?
Tomorrow we’re going to be talking about the powerful practice of being aware of your body.