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The Attention Crisis (and Meditation)

Without a doubt, people have lost control of attention. This is nearly all of us. We are distracted by daily chores, unhealthy relationships, complicated obligations, hunger, negative news, sensationalist entertainment and computers in the palm of our hand. Indeed, there are many problems to address on a daily basis, so it’s no wonder why we might split our attention and jump from one thing to another. However, when we split our attention, we create a new problem that makes it even harder to solve the ones we already have.

I’ve noticed at work that people who are overrun with duties keep asking questions they wouldn’t need to ask if they took time to pay attention to what they are doing. I understand. I am rather overwhelmed at times with my work and our organization is so complicated, I have a hard time finding answers myself. However, I know I have to make time to pay attention and never try to solve a problem when I’m distracted by another problem.

Meditation can help us manage our attention better. Meditation isn’t about escaping the world through calm and relaxing moments of simply breathing. It is actually a technique to learn how to pay attention with agility and openness. It provides more lasting calm throughout the day as we develop better attention skills. If you don’t believe me, why not check out this article about the benefits of meditation from Psychology Today.

Meditation Can Make You Calmer, Kinder, Smarter – read more on the Psychology Today site

Over the next few weeks, I’ll post about my own experience with meditation. I bought a feedback device called a Muse, and I’ve learned a lot about how to meditate since May, when I first used the device. I only meditated occasionally when I first got it, mostly because I felt lost trying to figure out how to meditate. However, I recently figured out what I needed to do, and I want to share that technique with you, along with more specific insights that have come up as I continue to meditate.

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