The secret connection between meditation and concentration


Umang Chhatrola

Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) Teacher

The ability to concentrate is one of the single most important factors, that determines success in any endeavour. The quality of our work improves drastically when we give it our total, undivided attention. But, how do we do it? How do we achieve this ability to concentrate if we do not have it?

The good news is that good concentration power is not something that only a few gifted people are blessed with. We can all work on ourselves and gradually achieve it with a regular practice of meditation.

Many people think that meditation itself is nothing but concentration. They are not quite correct in this belief. Good concentration power is actually one of the many benefits of meditation.

How does meditation improve our concentration power? Let us remind ourselves that the practice of meditation is primarily about ‘letting go’. This ‘letting go’ increases our level of awareness. We can also say that the practice of meditation is for cultivating awareness. With a lot of awareness available to us, we have more choices. We finally have a choice as to where our attention flows. Then, we do not have any compulsive need to keep thinking and feeling repetitive (and perhaps negative) thoughts and emotions. We can easily ‘let them go’ and focus on the task at hand.

It is ironic that the real power to concentrate comes not with our ability to ‘hold on’ but with our ability to ‘let go’. We all can work on ourselves and improve our ability to concentrate. With regular meditation practice, it is inevitable. Not only that, we can have more peace, more joy and more fulfillment. They are definitely worth a few minutes of ‘effort’ (actually meditation is an almost effortless practice!) everyday. Aren’t they?

To experience the benefits of meditation, please try the guided meditation sessions in this app. These take advanced yogic meditation techniques and condense them into short 5-7 minute sessions that we can listen to anytime, anywhere. Namaste !

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