The other weekend I attended a course on Tranquil Abiding (or concentration) at Bodhisattva Buddhist Centre in Brighton where I’m a student.
Concentration is more than just being able to focus on your object of meditation when “sitting on the cushion”, it’s a way of life.
The opposite of concentration is distraction, and we all know what that feels like! My teacher gave the (very timely for business owners working from home) example of surfing the web. We all do it – in fact for many of us it’s an integral part of how we do business. If we don’t have an Internet presence we are missing a trick – and to make the most of that presence we spend a large amount of time on the web.
So what happens when we get distracted? Imagine the scenario, you’ve got your plan for today all set up and the first item on your “to do” list is some research online. Maybe you are checking out competitors’ pricing to see where you want to pitch a new product in the market. You “Google” companies who are working with similar clients to your own and click on the first website. (In fact maybe your plan falls even here, and you end up clicking on a website that came up in your search and “just looks interesting”). An hour later, you’ve followed the links on that site, clicked on another, followed links on that one…you get the picture!
If we get this easily distracted from one task (and we all know how enticing surfing the web can be) we completely lose our focus, and with that often our motivation takes a nose dive as well.
So even if you have no desire to develop a formal mediation practice and “sit on the cushion” on a daily basis, you can take the following steps to keep your concentration throughout the day:
- Set your intention at the beginning of your work day.
- Be mindful of keeping to your intention by using alertness (switch on the CCTV camera in your mind to check out the first signs of losing focus!)
- Be conscientious – keep the determination to follow your plan.
…and do let me know how you get on!