This week, I wrote about meditation and how it can help reestablish control over an easily distractible mind. Like many people, I am often at the whim of an often erratic attention span–difficulty concentrating on a task I’ve set out to do and catching myself thinking while other people are talking are but two nearly quotidian manifestations of this. What’s more, I always thought that this was something I had, not something I could improve or work on, and I was never aware of the degree to which it affected me until I stepped out of it.
Within the last year, there was one particular period where I was meditating daily for close to three months. By the end, I was noticing that I felt much more present and in control of my ability to focus. I was able to read and work on projects for longer than before; in conversations, it felt as though I was fully listening to and receiving the message that was being imparted rather than thinking over the person talking. I felt like I was beginning to grasp what it means to live in a present-minded fashion, and like I was intentionally using my time and focus rather than feeling frustrated at the whim of a capricious attention span.
As much as I learned about how beneficial regular meditation can be, I’ve struggled with continuing that since then, so I’ve also learned about how difficult it can be to maintain such a practice.
Nonetheless, I wanted to share what I learned from that period and share what worked for me in the hopes of making meditation a teensy bit more accessible. To read the article, click here!