BE MINDFUL NOT MIND-FULL !

Is this for ME or MONKS?

Have you ever wondered why athletes like MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli, perform, time and again? Is it just talent and fitness? Or is it something more? What separates Dhoni and Kohli from their teammates who are equally fit and talented? What makes them exceptional?

Geniuses throughout history, have demonstrated mindfulness & focus; the ability to focus their mind and attention on just one thing, and not giving their mind space to anything else. You can see this every time the cameras focus on Dhoni or Kohli; the unwavering and laser-like focus. While the ball is in play, the only thing they seem to be aware of is the ball, the bat, the pitch and the field. All else, including the tens of thousands of screaming fans in the stadium, are off the radar. The ball that was in play earlier and the ball that is yet to come, don’t receive any bandwidth either.

How can you acquire this capacity – Mindfulness & Focus? There are many readily available options. It is widely believed that Yoga and Meditation, help build mindfulness as a habit. An attractive choice, a Buddhist technique, recommends the following steps

Step 1: Do Just One Thing at a time. Mindful is the opposite of Mind-Full!
Step 2: Pay all your Attention, to the one thing you are doing.
Step 3: Bring your mind back, whenever it wanders away.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3, several billion times!

Of course, there are other approaches too. Pick whatever approach appeals and works for you. All that is important is, you build this winning capacity of mindfulness & focus.

– By Ravi Santhanam for Zeus

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