I’m having a hard time trying to focus on things. Like when I’m reading a book my mind wanders off and I end up wasting a lot of time in day dreaming. This has been going on for a while now and it’s getting really frustrating. How do I deal with this ?
@infamousgeek, start meditating regularly. It will clear your head. Don’t play so many video games in one day and smoke bud once or twice a day. Start doing chores you know need to be done and eating regularly. In time your mind will get accustomed to doing things of importance and when you sit down to read you will enjoy the free time much more.
I’ve been meditating since almost a week now. Can’t really say if I see any progress. I don’t play any video games. I do have a lot of free time at hand which is why I want to learn something new but end up wasting time in day dreaming. Is there a possibility that I’m not meditating properly ?
It sounds like you need to train your focus (as do I). As I wrote previously there are a bunch of different ways of doing this. Yoga is excellent for this purpose. Also, stop watching TV completely, dont read the news too much, dont waste your intellectual power on trivial things like reading 300 different articles on different subject every day. Start exercising your body. When you run, skate, wrestle, play tennis etc do it with 100 % focus. Its gonna be taxing but its gonna pay of. Also I repeat; the best practise for developing concentration I’ve found is yoga nidra.
We always assume that whats been given to us will stay permament and undamaged forever. But I think that we need to reevaluate that preconception and look at it a little bit like this: Our mind, body, spirit and health are all perishable.
I.e. we need to exercise our cardio and muscles to maintain and/or develop our physique. Same goes with the mind and spirit.
That said, there are a lot of different ways of pracitising your focus. You can try the more meditative and spiritual styles of yoga, breathing meditation, martial arts. Read up on the subject “how to develop focus” and start training. I do sivananda yoga, yoga nidra, meditation and running when training my mind. You can find a lot of yoga nidra, yoga and meditation videos online. I recommend Alan watts meditation to start of with. Gl & Hf
I am in a similar situation myself. It’s been a slow but noticeable decline in mental determination for almost a year now. When I look back last year at myself the biggest difference is exercise. I used to run every day and go to the gym 3 times a week. Over the course of the past year, however, I allowed a less than healthy relationship to pretty much run me into the ground. I am sapped of all energy constantly.
Which is why I am going to get back into exercising this year. Make yourself a healthier biological being. More cardio and more exercise in general (along with eating right–no mcdonalds, stick to real food, cook things yourself if posssible–it’s a new activity to pursue and excel at) will lead to more blood and oxygen flowing through your brain which will lead to better focus and awareness. Also, whether or not you are exercising, think about your posture. Again, this helps with blood flow and can even help address back pain or soreness.
I have had a little experience with meditation through practice of aikido. Keep it up, it gets better the longer you practice.
My two cents, hope it helps!