Improve your mind. OK now you hopefully have an idea about what the mind is which is a great start. However I am sure that this may not be very clear on where you are starting on your endeavour or where to go from here. In my previous blog posts I have talked about mindfulness and about meditation. In these posts I have given you ways to calm your mind and body and allow your brain a chance to rest. Our lives are so busy and we often have lots of things to think about all the time. When our brains and minds are busy with lots of things we cannot concentrate on anything. I am sure there are some of you out there that think that you can concentrate whenever and wherever you like.
“What about multi- tasking? I am an expert multi-tasker.” From what I’ve read, according to science, there is no such thing. Wait before you respond. I was once one of these thinkers, I worked in a very busy retail environment and was able to deal with customers whilst I was on the phone with someone else, checking notes and answering questions from other staff. BUT was I doing all those things at the same time or just small bits of each one at a time very quickly? A great example of this is when you try to watch the TV and read at the same time. It is physically impossible to concentrate your vision on the words on the page close to you and focus on the TV across the room from you at the same time. The same goes for all the other stuff that is going on in your head, for the story you are visualising the scenarios in the book, the characters, the scene, the story so far and you are even trying to work out what is going to happen next. The TV is the same. If we could tape the scene and then play it back to you you would be able to see how many times you changed your focus sometimes this could be every few seconds. Over the course of an average 2 hour film this is 1,440 times! There are times in out lives when even more things are going on, say a screaming child with their shouting parents walked in to the room. No wonder you get tired! So, do you think you could try and improve your mind effectively whilst all this is going on?