Bo was getting ready to attend his usual morning
He put his jacket on again, took his files and walked
to the conference room.
He sat at his regular chair and waited until all his
colleagues were collected in order to start the presentations.
Finally the meeting started, and went on for a couple
Bo was slouched at his seat, supposedly paying the
necessary attention, but his mind had already wandered
off to all the things he needed to do during the day.
All of a sudden, he heard the speaker asking him his
opinion about the action of a specific point mentioned,
expecting his expert reply.
Bo looked at him, his face expressionless, because he
could not remember any of the points raised during the
He had no idea when his mind went off track and missed
all the vital points of this very important meeting.
He felt very unhappy and really sorry for his behaviour……….
Eagle – Eye
Attention is the most important means to lead a normal
and happy life.
We need to pay attention to our relationships, to our
work, to our day to day activities like, walking, cooking,
eating, shopping, and everything else we do.
If you focus your mind on whatever you are currently
doing you will enjoy a good number of cognitive and
Not only attention is a source of satisfaction and pleasure,
but also what you focus on will shape your mind.
Attention is the search light that finds the target and
draws it into your brain — and in a wider sense,
Consequently, you do need to learn,
(a) to place and keep your attention only where it is
(b) to remove it easily and quickly from anything
troubling, disturbing or useless.
Being able to fully concentrate your mind is the absolute
basis to improve your life and yourself.
In our modern culture, most people’s minds wander
away into rumination, reflection and daydreaming,
searching and analysing, designing and organising;
and all these take place during half of their waking
hours, and is causing them to feel generally miserable.
Certainly, there are many reasons why people are not
able to pay the necessary attention like:
1) Ancestral heritage to be easily distracted for better
and longer survival.
2) Natural temperament and individuality.
3) Various traumatic experiences causing them to
behave in specific ways.
4) Countless external and internal stimuli in modern
5) Accepting and believing in multitasking.
6) Counting on and taking things for granted.
The human brain is very competent;
it can change and develop according to the current
It is extremely flexible, and it will shape to any new
messages it receives.
The following exercises will help you develop better
focus and concentration:
a) Direct your attention to ever-present events that
happen repeatedly like, watching people’s interactions
in shops and in the streets; or checking carefully
product labels in the super market.
b) Take your time and simply look very slowly at
different pictures in your house or at a gallery.
c) Go for a slow walk and pay serious attention to
whatever is around you like, nature, trees, buildings,
sea, people walking, etc.
d) Focus your mind on various sounds like, birds
singing, cars driving through, music in your radio,
e) Look after and care for your pots and plants in
your house, and any other flowers.
f) In your kitchen, make a conscious effort to concentrate
in your cooking, cleaning or washing the dishes.
g) Whenever you are faced with various distractions
and temptations, try to handle them properly and always
be in charge of your thoughts and actions.
h) Always enjoy the benefit of a short break from your
task; because on your return you will be able to focus
better on it and bring better results.
Also, it is absolutely vital to practice disconnecting
completely from any disturbing fixations, obsessions
Keeping your attention under control you will improve
your total well-being.
Bring To Bear
Use the following procedure to start your paying
and at any other time you notice your focus is petering
out, in order to bring it back to whatever you are doing.
* Take a few deep breaths and relax.
Now decide within yourself to become fully aware of
anything you want to do.
* Now remember all the things that make you feel
safe, protected, pleased and very positive about your life.
* Feel satisfied, fulfilled, happy and peaceful to focus
your attention and enjoy your activity.
Pay attention in order to think and decide.
Pay attention in order to understand and create.
Pay attention in order to find enjoyment and pleasure.
Do focus on what is meaningful and important,
useful and valuable to you.
Good luck !!