It's human nature that we get distracted, neuroscience shows us that it is due to how our brains are wired. With more distractions surrounding our every second than ever before, maintaining a focus on a task or intention can be a real challenge. Our minds can easily wander onto checking Facebook, Twitter or thinking about picking the kids up, what to have for dinner etc at many intervals during a day. That's natural. When time is such a precious and valued concept in today's complex world, minimising these distractions and maintaining focus can pay amazing dividends for the investment in training your mind to focus. Amazingly, the most effective way to train our minds to focus is simply to become aware of this natural inclination for our minds to wander, to watch what happens with present moment attention. When we notice how we lose focus we can consciously bring our focus back with a gentle nudge and get back to the task at hand.
Even in writing this short paragraph, I found my attention taken momentarily by the smell of coffee brewing, the light radiating from my iphone and the possibility of new emails. In the past my mind would have taken this distraction and put it into action and I would now be onto another activity, away from what I intended to do - to write this blog post.
The interest in mindfulness is gathering pace across the Western world. Perhaps we have reached a point in time when the distractions, information flow and pace of our modern world requires us to go beyond our previously known way of focusing and achieving. Training the mind has been in existence in areas of our planet for hundreds of years. What many people are now open to is that by coming back to present moment awareness, we get off the treadmill of hyper activity and start to work and live in a more focused, compassionate manner, achieving greater success and fulfilment.
Leaders are finding across many industries and environments, that taking part in mindfulness practice is resulting in a wide manner of positive outcomes. Studies of Mindfulness in a business context have shown increased creativity and decreased burnout. When companies such as Apple, AstraZeneca, Deutsche Bank, Google, Heinz, McKinsey, Nortel Networks, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, and Yahoo are investing in developing mindfulness practice in their leaders and employees then you know it's time to experience the benefits yourself. If you want to train your mind to help you focus, engage and achieve more, you may want to integrate your mind training into your daily work.