Concentration

The Power of Mantra – As Described by Mohandas Gandhi’s Family Servant.

The Power of Mantra - As Described by Mohandas Gandhi's Family Servant.

Rambha (family servant) had given [Mohandas K.] Gandhi an enchanting image to describe the power of mantra.  She compared the practice of mantra to the training of an elephant.  “As the elephant walks through the market,” taught Rambha, “he swings his trunk from side to side and creates havoc with it wherever he goes – knocking over fruit stands and scattering vendors, snatching bananas and coconuts wherever possible.  His trunk is naturally restless, hungry, scattered, undisciplined.  This is just like the mind – constantly causing trouble.”

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Eyes Communicate Priority.

Eyes Communicate Priority

Eyes communicate priority. If you’re in a conversation with somebody who’s checking their phone, the conversation isn’t the priority.

In the martial arts school where I teach, we have 3 rules for concentration that we teach to our students: Focus your eyes; focus your mind; and focus your body.

If your eyes are focused, your mind will focus.  And if your mind is focused, your body will focus.  And if those three things are working together in harmony, you will have excellent concentration.

But it all starts with the eyes.  

And in today’s world, it’s so easy to have unfocused eyes! Continue reading

“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths instead of your weaknesses, on your powers instead of your problems.” ~ Paul J. Meyer

“Concentration is born on the practice court… you must mentally treat your practice sessions as matches, concentrating on every ball you hit.” ~ Martina Navratilova

 

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