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One Amazing Trick to Develop Unshakable Focus

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I mentioned in a previous post that I would write soon about one amazing trick you can use to develop unshakable focus.


I used to be a student under Sensei Chris Taneda, a very successful martial artist who enjoyed many years on the Canadian national team. This man was successful on many levels, and there are reasons for this success. One of the reasons of course is his incredible ability to focus his intention on what he’s doing in the moment. Naturally, he passed some of these principles on to his students, and as a student, I pass them on to you. Here is one excellent example.

When we students would show up to train, we always knew that there were certain things that would occur every single class. One of these consistent practices was a very brief meditation trick that would clear your mind, and prepare you for training/learning.

As a new student I was very sceptical of course, but upon reflection, it was absolutely true that your mind was focused, not wandering around, and you had much less mental distraction from the mental “popcorn” thoughts that seem to pop up randomly. Your mind was free of these things all because of this one trick that you will learn now.

We settled in to Seiza. (the kneeling position) Once comfortable, with correct posture and eyes closed, we would begin. Sensei Chris would guide us with his voice.”Imagine you’re sitting in a room. The room is like a comfortable bedroom, but there is no furniture. It is very spacious, and you begin to become aware of its dimensions. You’re sitting in the center of the room, and you begin to notice that in front of you is a window. You stand up and slowly walk towards the window. You notice that it is closed, but the drapes are open. There is a tree just outside the window, it is easy to reach the branches as they are almost touching the window. You open up the window, and are comforted by a nice cool breeze. You smile and feel peace hesitate to take a deep breath and relax. You know how draw your attention to your troubles of the day. Consider everything about money that has been on your mind. All the bills to pay, upcoming expenses, all of the things that concern you about money. You put those into a drawstring bag that you are now holding. Imagine the bag, is it black velvet bag? Mentally see your concerns regarding money and see them going into this bag. You pull the drawstring closed, and reach out the window and hang that bag onto a branch. You now search your mind for all areas of troubles or concerns that you have been thinking about lately; the family/relationships? your job? Did the engine light on your vehicle just turn on? Take all of these concerns and put each category of concern into its own individual bag and hang it on the tree.”

Always end with one bag that will contain any random or miscellaneous thoughts that may pop into your mind. You sit back onto the floor, and smile because you are now relaxed and worry free. You give yourself permission that at the end of the training session to open up the window and take all of your thoughts back. It’s important not to forget the step. You can even give it a time. If you’re training is from 730 to 9, you can instruct your mind that at 9 PM, the window can automatically open and those thoughts can automatically come back if they need to.

You then open your eyes stand up and get to work.

Do not underestimate the power of this simple concentration technique. Try it a few times and I am sure it will work wonders in your training/life. What are your concentration tips?


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