"DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CONCENTRATE"
Now, the big question . . . Have you ever "taught your children HOW to "concentrate?" How do you expect them to concentrate if they have no idea how to do it? Did your parents teach you how to "concentrate?"
We're all guilty of it, myself included. Recently, I was watching a monk named Dandapani give a lecture and he brought this up. It blew me away because up until now, I had never given it any thought. It kind of made me feel really guilty for all the times I must have told my three daughters to "concentrate," without ever wondering if they actually knew how to "concentrate."
So, how do you teach yourself, your children, or anyone else how to "concentrate?" Like anything else in life, it takes practice. The key to learning how to "concentrate" is first learning how to "focus." This can be achieved by practicing giving your undivided attention to things throughout your day. Ask your child to describe something, it can be anything. As they are thinking about it and describing it, gently make sure they don't drift away from the subject. By doing this, you are teaching them how to become aware and maintain focus, which is the key to learning how to "concentrate."
By doing these exercises daily, when you do tell your child to "concentrate," they will understand what you're talking about. If you've noticed, every time I wrote the word "concentrate," I put it in quotation marks. Your subconscious most likely noticed it and each time you read that word it focused in on it. Then as you read, you "concentrated" on the word "concentrate." Also, learning how to meditate will teach you how to "concentrate"
Please remember the next time your child is doing homework or studying for a test, do not tell them to "concentrate," unless you're going to teach them how to first.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed your lesson on "concentration," I know that I have a better understanding of it now and practice "awareness" every day.
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Namaste, May you be blessed with Love, Light, and Pure Source Energy