Concentration training requires daily effort. The good news is that you can do enjoyable things to deepen concentration, such as breathing, yoga, and reading. Further, the better you get, the easier it is to “practice” concentration in other areas we would not typically think of, such as in physical training sessions or when playing a sport.
In a crunch situation, I recommend you collapse your concentration to your breathing while maintaining relaxed awareness of the surroundings. Breathing deeply will greatly reduce the stress, slow your heart rate, and bring your nervous system back into balance. The mind will remain focused as your body comes back into balance. Then you can make better decisions in the midst of the chaos, danger, or the debilitating effect of fear. This is why breath awareness and control is the number one tool for Unbeatable Mind students who challenge themselves and push the envelope.
practice doesn’t just reduce stress and enhance concentration—it has some other powerful benefits as well. First, it is important to understand that breathing works on two levels in our bodies. It strengthens and makes our physical bodies healthier. Second, it charges and balances our energy body, making that healthier and more powerful as well. The energy body is that system of energetic pathways that includes channels on each side of the spine that transmit energy up and down the spine (nadis) and points where the energy channels intersect as they spiral back and forth around the spine (chakras). The energy body is quite elaborate and has been mapped in great detail, yet it is mostly out of reach of Western scientific instruments at this time. There are three steps to breathing for optimal physical and energy health:
Relearning how to breathe deeply through your nose into the diaphragm Training to do this naturally so it becomes your normal breathing pattern when awake Learning to direct the breath to anchor and trigger razor’s edge performance; when triggered you will easily increase energy, reduce stress, deepen concentration, control fear and tap into greater willpower.
Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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