Concentration, attention for one thing at a time – 5 steps

Yesterday and this morning I had terrible experiences. I have secundary progressive MS and because of this I cannot concentrate very well anymore. Especially not on more than one thing at a time. I have three children, up growing. They have lots of fun together. And that’s my problem.

How to talk to one when the others do other things / make noise?

So, this is a good practice of mindfulness. I decided to do short breath meditation to cope what’s happening to me. And I decided to leave, for example,  the television off when I am doing other things. E.g. having a friend for a visit. Happy enough we haver more t.v.’s. So the children can move.

Does it help you to know how a short breath meditation works?

It’s to be used everywhere, all the time because ‘ wherever you go, your breath goes too.’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn). You can use it to cope with stress. You can also use it to pause: ‘ Where am I, what am I doing?’

Short Attention to your breath can work like this:

  1. Sit still and close your eyes or gaze at one place
  2. Bring your attention to the moment: what am I doing? What am I thinking?
  3. Bring your attention to your breath. Where do I feel it? What does my acting and thinking with the breathe in my  body?
  4. Give attention to the moment now. Feel your breathe again, here and now.
  5. Go on with your life. Give attention to how you feel now.

This short meditation (it can take 3 minutes or less) helps me to be back again. It helps me to concentrate on one thing at a time, here and now.

Over iljas

Ilja Aussems is mijn naam. Ik ben specialist in "een goed gesprek met" Ik blog er elke week over, met mijn opleiding als communicatie-wetenschapper en mijn werkervaring als docent / trainer en adviseur bij de hand. Ik begeleid professionals die willen groeien in hun werk en/of privé. Ik ben jouw bruggenbouwer, train en begeleid je bij een goed gesprek met jezelf en met je doelgroep in je werk (klanten / cliënten, leerlingen, collega's, netwerk) en privé (jezelf, je relatie, je gezin).
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