Focused Meditation

How to perform Focused Meditation (FAM)

Did you know that once you get distracted, it takes you, on average 23 mins and 15 seconds to regain focus?

That crazy statistic came out of a research study done at University of California Irvine.

So that means that quick scroll or text response is not going to last just 30 seconds!

Then how do you regain your focus faster and more easily? Simply by incorporating practices like Focused Meditation into your daily routine!

What Is Focused Meditation?

What Is Focused Meditation?

Focused Attention Meditation (FAM) is a type of meditation practice where you intentionally bring your attention to a particular focal point or object rather than juing to empty your mind. This is a really great meditation practice for a beginner.

What are the benefits of Focused Meditation?

benefits of Focused Meditation

One of the main benefits of FAM is that it can help you improve your focus and increase your attention span. A Harvard research study showed that 47% of the time thoughts about past events or future anxieties constantly occupy our minds. A FAM practice can empower you to stay anchored into the present, thereby enhancing your focus and driving productivity throughout the day.st try

Other benefits include:

  • Enhanced problem solving skills: Focused meditation improves your working memory, problem solving and decision making skills. A study done on different meditation techniques also showed that FAM improved participants convergent thinking skills, which is their ability to use accuracy, logic and stored information to find a quick solution to a problem.
  • Equanimity: This type of meditation helps you to process and observe your feelings without getting stuck on them. It therefore builds your equanimity muscle and teaches you how to regulate your emotions so that you don’t overreact in challenging or high-pressure situations.
  • Stress management: A morning meditation practice can set you up for a productive day by helping you gain control of stressful thoughts and an overthinking mind.
  • Amplifies self-awareness: FAM increases self-awareness, which results in increased confidence in your own decision-making skills due to the ability to see the whole picture.
  • Self-regulation: FAM empowers you to better regulate your own emotions, increases resiliency and even improves sleep, all of which result in better stress management, increased focus and better decision making.

How to practice Focused Meditation?

How to practice Focused Meditation

Focused Meditation is what it sounds like; meditating on a particular focal point. Here are some tips on how to practice FAM.

  • Establish the object of focus: The only way to maintain a regular meditation practice is to enjoy it. So pick a focal point that works for you, whether its visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Some of my favorite points of focus include the flame of a candle, a repeating sound like singing bowls, affirmations and mantras. You can also focus on your breath, which is the most common practice. Try them all and pick what works for you.
  • Find a comfortable position. You can sit cross-legged or sit upright with your feet flat on the ground. Feel free to lie down if that works better. Relax your body, releasing any tension that you can from your shoulders, face, and jaw.
  • Tune into your focal point: For the purposes of this exercise I will choose breath but this works with anything. Bring awareness to your breath, without changing anything. The intention here is to experience the breath without changing it or judging it. Pay attention to the breath. Notice the sound of every inhale and exhale. Notice where you feel it in your body. Maybe you feel it at the tip of your nose or in your chest or down in the belly. What is the texture of the breath? Is it short and sharp or deep and long? Is it smooth or is it jagged? Notice the temperature of the breath. Pay attention to every sensation alongside the breath.
  • Bring it back: Your mind will wander to your to-do list. It’s natural! Don’t shame or guilt yourself for it. Don’t feel like you “did it wrong” or that it was incomplete. Don’t get frustrated by it. You’re human. It’s human to have your mind wander! If you start planning your day and what you’re going to cook, just observe the thought floating by like they are clouds. Try not to attach to anyone’s thoughts. Just observe it without judgement and come back to focusing on your object. If your mind keeps wandering, label the thought so it feels like an action then come back to breath. You can label the though as ‘memory’, ‘thinking’, ‘planning’ etc.
  • Come back: Take your time to come back to the present. When you’re done with your meditation, slowly wiggle your fingers and toes and gently open your eyes, if they were closed. Take a second to notice how you’re feeling overall without launching into your day.

Additional Tips:

  • Session time: Start with a shorter session. 5 minutes is a great length for beginners and you can work your way up to 10-15 minutes.
  • Flex the muscle: Meditation is a muscle like anything else! You wouldn’t go to the gym for the first time and try to lose 100 pounds or quit after 2 days because you don’t see toned arms yet. Practice FAM daily starting with 5 mins and build it up. It will get easier to stay focused for longer periods of time. Remember to have patience and compassion with yourself through this process.
  • Build a routine: Morning, in my opinion, is the best time to meditate. So create a morning routine. Do a challenge month and commit to it for every day that month. It takes 21-30 days to build a habit, so doing this will help you build a meditation practice you can’t live without!

Conclusion:

Meditation has been a powerful tool in my own life. So much so that in addition to being a coach, I trained as a yoga teacher and a breathwork facilitator. Meditation has the ability to change your life too.

About the Author: Tania Hansraj

Tania Hansraj
I am a certified self love and relationship coach who is passionate about empowering single women to fix their dating “pickers”, heal past relationship patterns and call in their dream partners, all while building deep self-love and confidence. Tired of endlessly swiping on dating apps and feeling like you’re never going to find “The One”? If you’re ready for unwavering guidance and support on how to call in an emotionally available partner who is in alignment with what you want and what you value, let’s chat!

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