Have you ever sat down at your computer to send a specific email and got up 30 minutes later to realise that you didn’t even send the email you intended to send?
It’s so easy to become distracted.
In fact, you may have noticed how modern life seems to perpetuate distraction? Think smart phones, busy schedules that illicit ‘multi-tasking’, and the constant stream of information that enters our perception each day. This bombardment of sensorial information diminishes the quality of our attention and our cognitive performance.
Distraction and not paying attention lends itself to operating on the autopilot function of mind. The problem with being on autopilot is that’s when we tend to judge, self-criticise, and go into fruitless, endless mental chatter. Research shows that when we’re operating on autopilot, we also feel less happy.
However it doesn’t have to be that way.
We do have agency over the auto pilot function of our mind and we don’t have to surrender our attention to the constant stream of information coming our way each day. The quality of your attention can be improved. Attention is like a muscle that can be strengthened by training your mind to be in the present moment.
When you train your mind to be more mindful, you develop a mind that is steady, intentional, focused, happier and more peaceful, even in the face of difficulties or big emotions.
To develop a steady, focused, calm mind, join the next 8 week mindfulness course with Rachel Long. Starting Tuesday 19th February.