Life can be full of distractions, many of which come from within the sanctity of our own minds.
Our minds can often go wandering, constantly churning out lists of things we need to do, people you want to speak to, foods we want to eat, people you want to date and money you want to win!
Sometimes we need to take time to refocus and learn how to reduce mental distractions in order to strengthen our ability to focus on both ourselves and those things that are actually important.
Meditation can provide a means to look inward and investigate our mental processes. If your like me, your mind will wander away into fantasy, over analysing and planning causing a huge amount of mental chatter to go on, almost like attending a silent disco when you have every channel selected at the same time, how can we focus on a single important beat when there is so much noise over lapping it.
Meditation doesn't have to be airy fairy, requiring crystals, candles and incense. It can be as simple as sitting quietly with your eyes closed for ten minutes a day.
By not acknowledging the internal chatter of your yelling; "Look at me! Look at me!" the mind will become silent, focus on your breathing and the sounds outside your head with the goal to develop different aspects of attention, working memory and fluid intelligence. Basically become more self aware, what is our subconscious trying to tell us? What are we holding onto that we should be letting go of?
It's the nature of the mind to wander, use it as an opportunity to become more aware of your own mental experience.
Give it a shot today. I have never been big on trying things like this as I can't sit still for more than a couple of minutes, which is exactly the reason why I should be trying to exercise my mind as well as my body.
My mental training journey begins today, join me, take ten minutes every day for the next week and see if there are any changes.