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Techniques for Training your Attention
Bring your awareness to your breathing
Take three comfortably slow, comfortably deep breaths
Be aware of the tactile sensations throughout your body
Observe the sensation of breath filling you from the belly up, as if you were a vase, filling with water from bottom to top.
Then let your breathing return to its natural rhythm and simply breath as effortlessly as you can.
Stay relaxed while shifting your emphasis to attentional stability…the ability to sustain the focus of your attention, without becoming fragmented or derailed by distracting thoughts or sensations.
Focus your attention on the sensations/movement of your abdomen with the breath.
Note the duration of each inhalation and exhalation
Observe the duration of the pauses between breaths.
To help prevent thoughts from invading, try counting your breaths.
Count to ten, and repeat.
You are remembering to remember…to pay attention to your breath and not be carried away by distracting thoughts.
The main point of attentional training…is not to stop thoughts from arising, but to first relax the body and mind; then to cultivate stability of sustained attention on your chosen object. Thoughts will arise, but we don’t want to be carried away with them. We want to remain in the here and now.
Keep your mind open and relaxed, never constricted
View involuntary thoughts and bodily tension as informative signs of underlying mental and physical imbalances and learn from them.
The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind, B. Alan Wallace, PH.D., Wisdom Publication, 2006.
This series of blogs is related to a book I am reading by B. Alan Wallace. I will be sharing my thoughts and findings as I go through it…feel free to visit me on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elaine-Scribner-Author/349499848483126 to pose me any questions or thoughts. My intention/hope is that I can post 2-3 times each week as I work my way through the book…so come back and visit me.
Living Joyously Tip for the Day:
Cultivate focus. Be present in the here and now