Attention deficit disorder has almost become an epidemic in our information overloaded society. Unlike the brain, your mind has no boundaries and can be “scattered all over the place”. There are many ways to relax and focus your mind. All intense exercise or mental games like chess or billiards will help focus your mind. However, most people don’t have the time to jog for 5 miles or shoot a game of pool when they most need to focus.
To be successful it is important to understand that your mind is not your brain. Your brain is the physical apparatus that tunes in and expresses your mind. Your brain can identify a joke, but your mind has a sense of humor. Your brain is similar to a television set, it is a receiver of the airwaves that carry information. Your mind is the airwaves (information) of your consciousness.
Your mind is pure consciousness. It is a non tangible energy which includes your thoughts, feelings, imagination, creativity, memories, hopes and dreams. Your brain is a receiver that helps organize, plan and express your mind’s information. Knowing how to relax and focus the energy of your mind can help you make trustworthy decisions and live a more productive and peaceful life. Here are simple and easy methods to help relax and focus your mind in minutes. Pick and choose any one of the following techniques to do alone or if you are really scattered then do all five in the sequence I’ve listed below.
Take a short pause from your daily activity. Begin by inhaling a deep breath through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. On your exhale, mentally say the word “relax”. Repeat 3-4 times. Next focus your awareness on what has captured your attention. What are you thinking / worrying about? Is your mind in the past or the future? Are you thinking about someone in particular? Explore what has captured your attention and then repeat the breathing exercise above to release it with your breath.
This exercise will help you gain clarity and perspective. Find some notebook paper to write down your thoughts. This will help you slow down your thinking and release what’s “on your mind”. As you write, remind yourself… “I have these thoughts… I am not my thoughts; I have feelings… I am not my feelings.” Let the words flow out of you without editing or being concerned with grammar or spelling.
To clear your consciousness express in writing what’s on your mind. Then take these papers and destroy them. This is why I suggest notebook paper versus a journal. Tear them up… throw them away… flush then down the toilet or burn them. You want to destroy the writing with gusto and intensity. Mentally tell yourself, “I am letting go of these thoughts and feelings. I am freeing my mind.”
An important fact, you can not write as fast as you think, so when you write down your thoughts, you will slow down your thinking automatically. This is one of the benefits of journalling.
Take a few moments and hum the lyrics of a favorite song. Concentrate on remembering the lyrics and feeling the vibration of humming in your chest and throat. This will benefit you in two ways: 1. Concentration and remembering will focus your mind. 2. The vibration of humming will ground you into the sensation of your physical body. It is great and you can do this anywhere. After a few minutes you’ll feel a difference.
Close your eyes. Take in 3 deep breaths and relax. Imagine a “basketball size” sphere of golden white light hovering above your head. Use your imagination to see it, feel the warmth radiating down on the top of your head. Next imagine this sphere is slowly lowering, touching the crown of your head. Take another deep breath and bring the sphere down inside your head and imagine it is absorbing all the scattered thoughts and dissolving them. Focus on the light and sense it filling your mind with peace and comfort. After a few minutes open your eyes and go back to your activities. To experience a relaxed focused state of mind, learn how to meditate using guided meditations.
Focus your attention on your five senses. This provides a mental boundary to contain your scattered mind. Being sensual simply means to be aware of your five senses. Smell the air, feel the temperature on your skin, listen to the sounds around you and to taste the food that you eat. Being sensual brings you into the present moment fast and effectively, and you’ll soon become more focused and productive. With the power of your mind you can make trustworthy decisions and experience greater mental control and inner peace.
Michaiel Patrick Bovenes. He is the author of a popular series of Guided Meditation CDs and MP3s that help people clear their minds of anxiety and their bodies of stress. His soothing voice and over 25 years of teaching guided meditation, he has helped thousands of people meditate in minutes, develop personal peace and connect with their inner power. Try his powerful meditation collection of Guided Meditations to relax your mind and body and start to feel great fast!
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