LESSON #1: DISTRACTION=STRESS & FOCUS=PEACE
DISTRACTION causes STRESS:
One of the main ways you feed your stress, is by spending too much time mentally distracted from the present moment.
This could show up as things like, constantly distracting from the present by:
- dwelling on the past,
- worrying or obsessing about the future,
- or simply multi-tasking and trying to do (or think about) too many things at once.
FOCUS creates PEACE:
Research shows that your mind actually functions most optimally, when FOCUSING on one thing at a time. Through the power of FOCUS, peace is possible in any moment or situation, if you simply notice the stress-inducing distraction and choose to bring your mind back to the present moment.
While there's a time and place for reflecting on the past and planning for the future, those things should be done consciously and skillfully....not mindlessly and fearfully throughout the day.
- STOP feeding your STRESS HABIT: Begin to notice when your mind wanders from the present moment to the past or future OR when you're doing (or thinking) about more than 1 thing at a time.
- START feeding your PEACE HABIT: Cultivate more MENTAL FOCUS with this simple "Breath Meditation". (12 minute guided practice)
With such a chaotic and noisy world around us, cultivating more mental focus may feel difficult at first. Know that with practice, you'll get better and better over time!
Peace, love, and a consistent practice,
P.S. To connect with others going through this 5 day experience + to get your questions answered by me, join the "Meditate with Ease" Facebook group here!