perhaps there is an argument going on just below the surface of your consciousness, or you're worried about something, or in pain in some way. Notice everything you can. This self-observation is crucial. It will get easier as you do it more. You'll start to realize just how many things are going on in your own head, distracting you.
Now deal with these irritation thoughts on your mind. Go ahead and make the phone call that's on your mind, take an aspirin, apologize to whomever you were fighting. Write things on tomorrow's to-do list to get them off your mind. And if there's nothing you can do right now, tell yourself that. When you do this exercise you'll feel less stressed and more able to concentrate on the tasks at hand. This mindfulness meditation practice will give you more brain power today.
2. Another Mindfulness Exercise
Sit down, relax and breath deeply through your nose. Let your eyes close and be aware of your breath going in and out. Move your attention to your body, one part at a time, noting sensations of cold, hot, tight, sore and anything else you can notice. After a few minutes, start listening to sounds in the room without thinking about them. Just listen, while still maintaining an awareness of your body and your breath.
In ten minutes or so, or when it feels right, open your eyes and look around as if you are seeing for the first time. Let your eyes rest on an object for half a minute, examining it without talking about it in your mind. Then move to another object, and another, while still maintaining an awareness of your body, your breathing, and any sounds. Just stay in this state of mindfulness for a few minutes, until you are ready to get up.
When you are aware of your body, breath, and immediate environment, you are more fully "in the moment." Your mind is in a receptive state, with fewer mental distractions that can prevent clear thinking. A mindfulness exercise like this before important mental tasks will give you greater brain power, specifically more focus and concentration. Try one of these mindfulness exercises above and see if this makes a difference in your brain power.
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