The Mind is Everything, What You Think You Can Become
Advanced mindfulness techniques can ensure that you maintain focus on your goals and operate with a supple mind.
We know when our minds are out of kilter and also when they delight in our life experiences. By learning how to train our mind through building our concentration, alertness and focus we can gain mastery over our emotions and actions. This ancient wisdom has as much relevance, if not more, to modern living. The notion that we can sculpt our mind is very appealing to any of us working in the field of change management.
At a recent concentration retreat last weekend in Brighton it struck me how much clearer and lighter my thinking in all aspects of life becomes when I’m able to harness my mind. I went to my first beginners mindfulness and meditation classes six years ago as a welcome break from the stresses of a world of multi-tasking whilst on endless conference calls. In those days I had no idea that I was setting myself up for some pretty distracted concentration and focus as I attempted to power through my task list. The result: lots of muddled through complex decisions.
With greater levels of mindfulness proficiency along with a grounding in the other mental factors of Alertness, Intention and Attention that Buddha taught over 2,500 years ago, I’m working on seeing my mind more as a powerful, yet trainable horse where I’m holding the reins. Those days where it’s a bit more like a wild elephant snapping with ease through it’s restraints have to stop!