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5 Ways To Focus With Meditation

If you’re a regular on this site you’ll have seen quite few posts on meditation. This is because it is a proven technique for focusing, reducing stress, anxiety, relaxation plus many other benefits. Here are 5 ways to focus with meditation written by Danielle Mika Nagel for The Huffington Post. If you’d like to read a quick article about the benefits of meditation, click here.  Here are two of my favourite points. To read them all, click on the link below the article.

Ways To Focus With Meditation1. Silence before email. 
Morning meditations give you a chance at clarity before your mind becomes busy with the thoughts and activities of the day. If your routine wakeup involves checking your inbox in bed, swap your mobile phone for a few minutes of morning silence. Have a comfortable cushion set up in a peaceful area of your home. Make it a habit to come to this spot before you do anything. Sit tall and allow yourself to focus on your breath. Deeply inhale, then deeply exhale. When a thought enters your mind, notice it, then return to your breath. Repeat this exercise for 10 minutes.

5. Move.
Whether you’re tied to your desk, stuck in traffic or caught in meetings, the average Canadian worker spends three quarters of the day sitting. The simple act of moving your body purposefully can be meditative. Go for a short run, do some simple yoga stretches or put on a song that motivates you to dance. The act of moving with intention will force you to get out of your head and into your body.

Continue reading whole article from The Huffington Post

I quoted these two points from the 5 ways to focus with meditation for a few reasons; checking email first thing in the morning can clutter up your work day at the best of times as the process immediately distracts you from your plan for the day (which you’ll have set the previous day before leaving work). You can get sucked in to hours of responding to emails, and before you know it, you’ve achieved very little. As per Tim Ferris’ The Four Hour Work Week (a great book!) turn off your instant delivery of emails and check them at two specific time slots; just before lunch and again at around 4pm.

Secondly, the notion that the simple act of moving can be meditative was interesting. We know that exercise is among the top best ways to focus, but for it to also act as a form of meditation gives it even more weight as an absolute necessity in your life if you want to focus and maintain an all-round healthy lifestyle too.

 

 

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