I can’t clear the thoughts in my head.
I hear that all the time as a reason why someone doesn’t meditate.
You know what? I can’t either.
Well, I can, but they keep coming back right away.
This is the truth for most people.
No one – save for maybe a monk who’s been practicing for 80 years – can keep all the thoughts out of their head.
Because we’re human. And that’s how human brains work.
I listened to Andrew Huberman’s podcast, “Huberman Lab” yesterday.
In an episode on tools for improving focus and concentration, he mentioned a 13-minute meditation where you concentrate on your breathing and the focus attention on the spot inside your head that’s between your eyebrows. (aka the sixth chakra.)
Every time you find your mind wandering, you refocus back to your breathing.
I realized how squirrely my own brain is, even after more than five years of daily meditation practice. 🐿
Like every 10-15 seconds, I was off thinking about 💯 different things.
Here’s the kicker tho – It’s the practice of bringing your attention BACK to the breath that improves your ability to focus.
𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲’𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐭!
This exercise carries over to when you need to focus on a project and get distracted.
You’ll be able to more easily bring your mind back to the task at hand.
Interestingly, I was much more focused when working on an important project today.
If you’re interested in hearing more about this tool and others he shares, here’s a link to the podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb5zpo5WDG4. You can also find it on whatever app you listen to podcasts on.
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