Our attention is one of our most important assets nowadays. If you think about it, all the devices and objects we surround ourselves with continuously want a piece of our attention. But our attention is limited, as the RAM of a computer. If we get distracted by too many things, we feel burned out. So what are some ways you can take back the control of your attention?
Yes, if you have not done it already, turning the notifications off on your digital devices will definitely help. Limiting your exposure to social media consumption is another way. In addition to these two actions, there’s something else you can do: Simply minding your own business.
If you’ve noticed, when we are absorbed in the past or the future, we usually find ourselves judging and thinking about things that do not really have anything to do with us. At least, most of the time. So the next time you catch yourself ruminating about something, think if it has any effect on you. If it does not, say you find yourself thinking about what X could have told Y instead, dismiss the thought. Try not to occupy your brain with thoughts that do not have a direct effect on you.
I know this is easier said than done. And it’s not always easy to direct our attention back to the present moment. Please remember that you are surrounded by several tools that can help you train your attention. Meditation is one of the most efficient ways! Contrary to common belief, meditation is not just about having a thought-free mind. Meditation is the continuous practice of noticing when your mind drifts to thoughts so that you can bring your attention back to the present moment.
Take care of your thoughts and your thoughts will take care of you 🙂
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