Do you ever meditate and want to focus fully in the moment but find your mind wonders off?

Do you ever want to relax and find yourself ruminating about a particular memory or worry?

We live in a very distracting world. We are also taught to focus in certain ways from a young age but what we’re not taught is how the mind works. We’re not encouraged to have flexibility and be able to manage our focus.

I really love this podcast with Dr Amishi Jha talking to Dr Chatterjee. Amish is a neuroscientist, professor of psychology at the University of Miami. She explains how our attention works, how we can learn to manage distractions and most importantly create a flexibilty and choice about how we focus. 

Imagine there are 3 types of focus

Flashlight – Narrow and fully focused on one thing without conscious choice.
Floodlight – Very broad and wide, shifting from idea to the next
Juggler – Conscious focus – when we consciously decide to focus on something.

One is not better than the others. We are meant to have all 3 and use all three. problems with attention come when we aren’t aware of where our mind is and we lose agility to move into the kind of focus we want.

The good news is that we can learn to be manage our focus and have more choice. Listen to the podcast here:

 

With love

Clare xx