I listened to a lecture today from Hindu priest and former monk Dandapani about how we train our minds to be distracted.
He said that meditating for 2 mins, 20 mins or even an hour a day isn't helpful if we spend the other 16 hours of our day practicing distraction.
What!? Practicing distraction?! Surely not you or me.
Except... How often do you find yourself doing one thing while thinking about another?
How often do you give someone...let's take your kids for example...100% of your attention when they are talking to you?
How many tabs do you have open on your browser right now? 😄
I listened to this video while cooking lunch and responding to interruptions from my daughter every 96 seconds, and I am writing this post while sitting on the couch beside the basket of laundry that I had actually intended to fold before being inspired to write said post... if that gives you any idea of where I am at with concentration today.
Dandapani suggests to start shifting your awareness so that you spend your waking hours doing whatever you are doing with 100% focus and concentration.
Want to embark on a challenge with me? For one week, try listening to your partner, kids, friends or colleagues with pure concentration.
Can you do it? I will attempt and let you know how it goes.
Michelle Borner, a mom on 23 missions, blogs about her Deep Thoughts on a wide range of topics from parenting to conscious living to lessons from brain cancer.
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