I asked some people why do they meditate?
They said that they want to improve the focus and concentration, to get some peace and satisfaction. I am sure most of you will give the same kind of reason.
I have even seen many people who complain that they can not meditate. They say that they sit for meditation and they do meditation but can not focus. So they feel meditation is of no use as they can not focus.
Both above situations are because of misunderstandings.
Because I feel meditation is not the tool to achieve focus or concentration. It is exactly opposite. Focus is the tool to achieve the meditation. And peace of mind is very necessary to meditate. Without focus and peace of mind meditation is not possible.
Why are we not capable to focus? .
First lets understand our daily life. What we do almost 16 hours a day?
In the today’s Corporate world, we are supposed to be Multitaskers. We are considered very smart if we can do multiple activities at the same time. We are habitual to do so many things at the same time.
Apart from corporate requirements, our personal life is like below.
- While driving we don’t enjoy pure driving but we need songs or other activities side by side. I do it always.
- While eating we never try to enjoy our meal fully. we r either talking or in to TV or in our mobiles.
- When we are with our parents or spouses or children just observe, how much time we really listen to them very carefully? with full attention?
- Even many people need newspaper or mobile phones in the washrooms in the early morning.
So we train ourselves to multitask almost 15 to 16 hours in a day.
Now we will see what is focus? or concentration?
Focus is attaching your mind to particular object or thought completely while detaching your mind from every other object and thoughts. But we are trained and even practicing to do multitasking daily. which is exactly opposite of the thing what we call as concentration. Almost whole day, whether we are at work or in personal life, we are practicing the multitasking.
How can we expect to do something which we never even practice in our daily life? Its like we want to get the gold medal in running competition but I am practicing chess.
Some people say we do yoga and meditation for half an hour or for an hour.
Really? Is it going to make you focused? I don’t think so. Its like having a carrot juice in the morning and whole day you eat junk food. Then there is no much use of that carrot juice.
so how can we achieve the focus.
When we will learn to do one thing with full attention. then whatever it is. It may be having meal, or talking to parents, driving etc. We have to change our lifestyle in a such way that it will help to gain me a focus and I can do meditate.
Then such meditation will help your lifestyle, will give the experience of peace. Its a circle. But you have to always start with the life style. First work on your life style seriously to gain focus. Then slowly work on your yoga or meditation. You will start seeing benefits after that.
As a summery and as my own perspective I am making below points to make this article more clear and revise whatever I said.
- your energy always work on your thoughts. When number of thoughts are more then energy consumption is more. yes it will be a mental energy but it is most important.
- when you have less and less thoughts in your mind then only focus is possible.
- Multitasking means more number of thoughts, and we are training daily to multitask.
- to gain focus try to do one thing at one time. So it will generate less thought after some practice. Try to make it as a life style.
- Because of such life style you will save enormous amount of energy behind all kind of thoughts whether they are positive or negative.
Then life is a bliss in many ways.
It is a very deep and very big topic. But I just want to convey the thought in this blog is mastery over anything needs that kind of lifestyle.
After mastering the meditation we won’t be able to do multitasking???
Being perfect in meditation is the kind of art where you are incharge to control your own thoughts. Which is the big achievement for anybody. That is why I said once you learn to meditate it will help to build your lifestyle. That means once you learn to control your thoughts life becomes much easier. you know which thought you want to keep and which one to ignore. So that will be also a kind of multitasking but it is at very different level.
Right now whatever multitasking we do is unconscious , or we have hardly controls over our thoughts, but after knowing to control the thoughts the multitasking we would be doing will be very conscious.
All of these things I have observed within myself. I am also doing all mentioned mistakes repetitively. But learning about self is most awesome process. It’s amazing to acknowledge our own faults and drawbacks. I don’t know when they will be rectified. I am trying and I will keep trying till end. But at least I am ready to acknowledge my faults. So I believe that definitely at certain time this fault will be rectified.
It is a very deep and very big topic. But I just wanted to convey in this blog that mastery over anything needs that kind of lifestyle. Being perfect in meditation is the kind of art where you are incharge to control your own thoughts. Which is the big achievement for anybody. That is why I said once you learn to meditate it will help to build your lifestyle. That means once you learn to control your thoughts life becomes much easier. you know which thought you want to keep and which one to ignore. So that will be also a kind of multitasking but it is at very different level.
Right now whatever multitasking we do is unconscious but after knowing to control the thoughts the multitasking we would be doing will be very conscious.
I hope this internal thinking will help some one atleast a little.
Mayur The Lone Wolf