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On Building Concentration (NEW VIDEO)

3 January 2011 No Comment


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———— From the Reader Mailbag ————

“Hey Bryan,

african american I was listening to one of your podcasts (believe it was on getting focused). One of the thing I’ve learned about my self, is that I’M EASILY DISTRACTED, and can be a procrastinator.

As I was trying on some of the concepts, I realized my biggest distraction are my own thoughts. It’s easy for me to eliminate physical distractions, but I’m confused about how to handle my own mental and emotional ones…any thoughts??? Thanks for your time.

Peace & Blessings.” ~ K.T. from Oakland, CA

———— My Response ————

“Basically, you’re talking about building concentration…you took the show’s advice a step forward by bringing it to the mental plane, so I’m glad to hear from you.

Concentration is a muscle to develop: it gets stronger the more you set up situations that intrinsically force it to do so.

african american male using a laptop

Like with physical muscles, you train your concentration by exercising it PAST it’s normal comfort zone, and then allowing yourself a period to rest (the renewal period is key). So cycle back and forth between training your concentration by force, and then relieving it to relax and go as it may…

african americans readingFor example, I find:

- reading (physical books, not online),
- writing, and
- meditating

…some of the stronger concentration demands, but you might have other things in mind.

However, one of the first things I do when I get up is let my mind wander. Like you, I love to just sit there and think, it’s therapeutic.

DO NOT fall into the trap of thinking that your natural capacity to wonder is a bad thing, because it’s a gift (my work wouldn’t exist without it). Just know that – like a child – it needs recreational time AND disciplined time.

Here’s a few old-school blog posts that go more in depth…

>> Native American Wisdom for OVERCOMING ADDICTIONS…
>> The Disease Our Entire World is Suffering From
>> How to GET FOCUSED (Radio Show, Videos, etc.)

Enjoy, let me know what you think and I’ll get back at you soon…


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