Concentration is a mental state that helps us to focus all our attention on what we do and what we want. Also, it works like a muscle, the more we exercise it the better results we get.
According to Stephan Bodian, trained for a decade as a Zen Buddhist monk and licensed as a psychotherapist, the key to peace of mind is not in the circumstances, but in how we respond to them. Thus, when we concentrate any form of energy, including mental energy, we acquire unlimited power.
“The practice of concentration allows us to become real people. When we are real people we see the other real people that surround us and life acquires all its wealth”.
-Thich Nhat Hanh-
The importance of concentration
If we want to succeed in any area of life, we must cultivate our concentration in a single aspect or objective. People who are determined and focused tend to work more and perform tasks more quickly. They usually have better paid jobs and have deeper networks of friends.
All the trades must be exercised with concentration. According to Ian Fleming, if one fails in important things, it is because he has no interest or concentration. The skills appear, the tools are forged by themselves.
Concentration is also important to experience well-being and not immerse ourselves in fears and anxieties. Thoughts come and go like clouds in a windy sky, knowing how to concentrate must be our anchor. Where the water reaches its deepest depth, it remains more calm.
In fact, only from a state of inner calm, man was able to discover and form tranquil environments. The more tranquility you experience, the more success, influence and power you will get. Peace of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
“The taste of production concentration should replace, in a mature man, the taste of waste.”
Concentration helps us to be present
Training our concentration helps us focus all our energy. When concentration permeates the mind and body, we are able to put aside our fears and concerns. In this way, our performance improves because we focus on the present, the here and now and we feel better.
Creativity is also favored when we concentrate. By having our mind clear of outside noise, it is easier for us to think about what we want to develop and inspire.
In addition, thanks to this ability we also save time. It is not the same to be doing something thinking in a thousand matters that having the mind totally focused on what we are doing. In the first case we lose more time, while in the second we take better advantage of it.
As we see, what gives us concentration is a connection with the present and ultimately, the invitation to experience a fuller life. His practice prevents us from getting lost in what happens around us. Now, it is also important to consider that it is not the panacea and that it will not change our life overnight.
The practice of concentration is a process and a commitment to life and to ourselves. Its objective is not to change what we live and do, but how to relate to it. That is the key.
“To reduce the infinite to the finite, the unattainable to the humanly real, there is only one way: concentration.”