Concentration means allowing everything into our awareness, without focusing too narrowly or strenuously, and without being distracted by our judgments, our opinions, or the challenges that life continuously offers.
"Pay attention!" we tell the young. Yet we fail to give them the tools that they need in our increasingly distraction-filled world to calm and center their minds and get down to the business of learning.
Are we still debating whether IQ is fixed or whether it is malleable and can be pushed around? Are we still fighting the nature versus nurture battle? We thought this had been resolved ages ago. In fact, 30 years ago.
Instead of thoughtlessly accepting a situation, I ask myself, "What's the problem? What's the problem?" and often by forcing myself to understand the exact nature of the problem, I identify a solution.
There is this cool little gizmo called a "Loopz" that creates sounds and beats depending on the user's physical interaction with it. An entity calling themselves The Loopz Band will be performing at Comic-Con.
Turns out that people aren't very good at thinking about two things at once. One study showed that when people were interrupted to respond to email or IM, it took fifteen minutes to resume a serious mental task.
Only in the movies would you end up with Meg Ryan if you truly are Sleepless in Seattle. Never mind that you are Tom Hanks. In real life, Tom never gets to make out with Meg because he is sleep deprived.
When we are watching something with our eyes open, even if our eyes do not blink, our attention does. Either way, eye-blinks and "attentional blinks" mean that there is some period of time when we are missing seeing something.