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  • 7. Putting Techniques To Work


    Scoop up the water and the moon is in your hands.

    Hold the flowers and your clothes are scented with them.

    Mountains and rivers, the whole earth.

    All manifest the essence of being.

                                                                                                                   The Zenrin

    Find a place where you can sit undisturbed for 10 minutes.

    This could be a park bench, a back yard, a balcony, a bedroom, a window looking out onto a city street, and so on.

    Sit down and for 10 minutes focus only on what you see without thinking about what you need do, what’s already happened today, what is planned for tonight or later in the week, etc. When distracting thoughts or emotions appear, apply any or all of the techniques discussed so far to regain focus.

    Distractions that typically occur during this exercise include restlessness, frustration, impatience, and even questioning the purpose of the exercise.

    You may find it surprisingly difficult the first time, even when applying the techniques. This is normal. However, if you aren’t willing to learn how to keep your focus for a few minutes in a friendly environment, how can you expect to maintain focus in a high pressure situation?

    We don’t mind sitting for an hour or two while focusing on a television show or a movie, what’s the problem here?

    Like a karate grading, this test is designed to show how Conditioned Responses can affect you, and demonstrate how to regain focus by applying techniques.

    With this information in hand, there are no limits. Anders Ericsson (Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University), a world leader in performance enhancement, says that everyone has the capacity for greatness. The key? Deliberate, focused practice.  This means working on specific problems and applying the right techniques at the right time.  “You need to know how to do it correctly, monitor what you’re doing, and how well you’re doing it…There’s so much potential. The constraint lies with being able to develop it… I’m convinced that everyone can improve…There's no cell type that geniuses have that the rest of us don't.