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Reflexive Mind Control

Energy has the habit of dissipating all over the place.  You can get energy to do work for you by learning how to harness it, and focus it in a specific direction.  Energy becomes very potent under these conditions.  You can start a camp fire with just a little bit of Sunlight focused through a magnifying glass at a spot on a piece of wood.

Mental energy is the same way.  If we allow it, our mental energy will dart around all over the place.  Our minds will jump from one issue to another, then back again, then off again, over here, over there.  This is not a good way to get things done.  If we learn to harness our mental energy, focus that energy, we may not only accomplish more, but feel less batty in the long run.

Thomas Edison was very focused.  He accomplished more in a day than most of us accomplish in month.  He would focus on one issue, settle that issue, then move on to the next.  During his time, people thought Leonardo da Vinci was flighty.  It is said he would finish a statue, set his chisel and hammer down, then dive into a painting.  On whatever DaVinci was working, he gave his full, undivided attention.

I see advertisements in the help wanted ads seeking ‘multitaskers.’  I see images of octopuses walking into offices applying for these jobs. Cutting edge management philosophy dictates that multitasking is a mistake, grotesquely ineffective.  One can not handle customer complaints over the phone, rewrite a memo, make a pot of coffee, give the boss an ego boost, and vacuum the floor all at the same time … or not, at least, without failing at each and every task.  However, each task taken in turn can be accomplished effectively.

Mental focus is a trait with which we humans are born, such as health and fitness.  However, like our health and our fitness, if our mental focus is not maintained, it tends to go to Hell in a hand basket.  Here is a simple exercise to help you sharpen your mental focus, it is a modification of the Buddhist practice of Meditation on Form:

Select a common, simple object, such as the cap from a stick pen.  Sit quietly with the object, and examine it. Let your mind rest on the object.  Mentally take note of the objects details right down to the most insignificant and infinitesimal.  What color is it, how much does it weigh, what are its features, for what is it used, how was it made, etc.?  At first, only do this two to five minutes, building yourself up to longer chunks of time.

Set the object aside, and pick it back up to examine during your next session, noting additional details.  When you feel you have noted all the details of this object of which there is to note, select another common, simple object to examine with the same process.

When you feel ready, move on to examining more complex objects, such as the page in a book.  Of what is the page made, how may it have been produced, how many words are there on the page, how many letters, are there any miss-spelled words, or imperfect letters printed, etc.?  As before, set this object down when you are finished, and revisit it during your next sessions till you feel you have noted every detail there is to note.

As I’ve suggested, start slowly, and work your way up.  Two to five minutes at first … you can’t do 100 push-ups the first time you hit the deck, and the same dynamic applies.  Work your way up to 20 minutes, or so.

Your mind is the only thing in the Cosmos over which you have total, and complete control.  Take control, and be even more spectacular.

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