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Chapter 5. KEY FUNCTION #1 OBSERVATION > IMPROVED CONCENTRATION EQUALS IMPROVED...

IMPROVED CONCENTRATION EQUALS IMPROVED MEMORY

Learning concentration techniques, practicing them and training them to become habits will help you observe things more clearly, which will improve memory. Although attention spans vary from person to person—it is possible to improve concentration through mental visual exercises similar to the one below. Exercises such as these will help you improve your ability to concentrate. Following is one such exercise.

CONCENTRATION EXERCISE

Find a comfortable position. Close your eyes and become aware of your body… Turn your attention away from outside events and notice what is going on inside you… Notice any discomfort, what parts of your body seem vague and indistinct… If you become aware of a tense area of your body, see if you can let go of the tension… If not, try deliberately tensing the part, to see what muscles you are tensing…and then let go again… Focus attention on your breathing… Become aware of the details of your breathing… Feel the air move in through your nose or mouth…into your chest and belly following the movement as you breathe… Imagine your breathing is like gentle waves on the shore, and that each wave slowly washes some tension out of your body.


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