Meditation is the primary way to clear your mind for better focus, so that you can do things more effectively and efficiently.
The first exercise in meditation is breath counting. Find a quiet place where you can meditate without being interrupted. Keep your spine straight with your legs crossed on the floor or when sitting in a chair. Normally, breathe counting starts at 1, counts up to 10 and then back down from 10-1. Repeat this process as many times as you can, but in general this takes about 15 minutes before you begin to realize your body is settling down and your mind is calming down.
In doing so, you should feel your abdominal muscles rise and fall. This will be an anchoring point where you will begin to continually feel and focus on your counting and your mind will begin to focus on the breathing. (It’s at this time you start to realize how busy your mind really is.) For example, have you experienced that while you were doing something like sitting and studying, your mind wanders to something else? Or while you are doing physical training, you find your mind is somewhere else? When your mind and body focuses on separate things, it produces a poor performance. The goal to achieve is how to get your mind and body to work together toward one activity, you won’t believe how quickly and easily you can get things done.
Interesting things may happen while you are meditating. Let me give you an example. Suppose you are carrying half a bucket of water from one place to another. When you set it down, there are ripples from the motion. When you look into the water, you see a distorted picture of your face. After waiting until the water is completely still, what do you see? You see the true reflection of your face. This very important illustration shows us how our mind works. When your body is very busy and your mind is very active, it’s like the ripples in the water. You can’t see a clear picture. With training and meditation, your mind is calm and you will have clear focus to achieve anything.
The second part of meditation involves visualization. Seeing yourself do all of your goals or focus on the way you would like to perform. Once you have a mental picture of your goal, your mind sends a message to your body about how to achieve what it wants and you’ll find that your performance will improve in whatever aspect you concentrate on. Focus on one aspect at a time. If you visualize faithfully every morning and night, your performance in any chosen area will improve tremendously.
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