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Notes on Focus and Concentration
  • Improve Concentration Main page
  • Voluntary and Involuntary Focus
  • Other Elements of Focus.
  • Methods to Increase Concentration.
  • Help in Improving Concentration.
  • Focus Sustainment Duration Test.
  • More Notes.

  • Random Access Memory
    Focus is to the mind as Random Access Memory (RAM) is to the computer. You may have great computer programs for writing, graphic design, calculating etc. but if there's not enough RAM in the computer, the programs will be slow, limited and restricted or just won't work. In the same way you have biological programs that enable you to reason, imagine, intuit, memorize, create, calculate etc. and the less you can sustain your focus and concentration the slower, more limited and restricted these abilities will be.

    The boundaries of Focus
    Sustaining focus and concentration voluntarily requires effort of will. When you have stretched your ability to sustain focus and concentration for as long as you can you come to the boundaries which mark the current limit of your ability. You notice subtle shifts in your focus as the intensity and power of the three experiential forces increase gradually until they reach the point of disrupting your focus. To go beyond your current limit, to increase your ability to focus, you have to use deliberate effort of will. When you sustain focus by deliberate effort of will you expand the boundaries of your focus and your willpower starts to grow. When your willpower starts to grow you experience growing pains, much like a seed that has to break its shell to grow into a tree. Inside the bounderies of your ability to focus there is controlled clarity, just the one single experience you chose to focus on. Just a few seconds or minutes away, outside the boundaries of this controlled clarity, there is uncontrolled chaos, millions of different experiences competing for your mind. Sustaining controlled clarity with deliberate effort of will for as long as possible, expands the boundaries of your focus within time.

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