We achieve happiness through one pointed attention!

multitaskingMultitasking—keeping a million balls in the air—this is the sign of a successful person, right? Wrong!

Productivity and sense of well-being decrease when we have a scattered focus.

In addition, when we are overburdened by details it is harder to be present in the moment, making it harder to connect with people and feel supported.

There are inherent rewards to having one pointed attention.

Our sense of well-being, happiness, concentration, memory and productivity are all improved.

Slowing down and taking in one thing at a time gives us the space we need to respond to stress, rather than merely reacting to it.

We can use techniques such as meditation to cultivate this single-pointed focus.

The beauty of meditation is that you can do it anytime, in everyday life, with your eyes open, using whatever task is at hand as your meditative object.

For example; serving tea, arranging flowers, walking, working in your garden, painting, reading, journaling… All are forms of meditation.

Anything you do in daily life with your “Full Attention” is a means to quiet your mind. 

The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us.

The first step towards love is to be present and listen with your full attention.

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Healthy Blessings,

Gena Livings

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27 Comments

  1. I love all the points you are making 🙂
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  2. This is interesting… Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  3. I like your metaphor with multi-tasking. That is why when you throw up a million balls in the air, you’ll never be able to catch them all even though you keep trying. Multi-tasking is no different. That is why years ago I stopped trying to multi-task. Obviously, I had to learn that the hard way. We never get ahead in life if we take on so many things in once and wonder why we get so frustrated with the results that are showing up in life. Great reminder to start the day> Thanks for the great post!
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    • Hello Nate,

      Exactly right! When we take on too many tasks at one time we never get ahead or truly master anything. One pointed attention is a “key” principle in creating a happy, peaceful, productive and beautiful life!

      Thank you so much for your comment today as I always appreciate you stopping by.
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  4. Besides being a recovering people pleaser and perfectionist, I’m a recovering multi-tasker. I learned a long time ago that multi-tasking meant nothing received my full attention, so most of what I did was half way at best. Multi tasking scatters attention, focus, and energy.

    Great post Gena!
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    • Amen Peggy!!
      You Got it!!!
      Cheers to your full recovery!! I love it!
      Thank you so much for commenting today –
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  5. Hi Gena. I’ve only just realised while reading your post today that I’ve stopped multi-tasking. I used to be a chronic multi-tasker, and I can’t believe I’ve not noticed before that I’ve just stopped doing it. I used to work in an office in a very stressful busy job where I would have several large projects on the go at once. I would be on the phone talking to someone and I’d always be doing something else at the same time. Talk about stressful. I’m glad I’m not in that place anymore! I used to think I was saving time but looking back I was probably just not doing things as well as I could have because I was never concentrating on the task in hand, always thinking ahead to what else needed doing. At least now, when I’m doing something it gets 100% of my attention. Not only do I enjoy what I’m doing, it gets completed more thoroughly. Great post! Andrea

    • Dear Andrea,

      I can relate! For years I worked in a fast paced company where multi-tasking was the name of the game.

      The problem with that, however, is when we unconsciously cultivate the practice of multi-tasking we are more likely to be impulsive and have greater difficulty maintaining attention in the long run.

      When people are doing multiple projects at once, they might be better at integrating information, but the quality of their work suffers as a result of their fragmented attention span. When we instead work “hard” on one project at time before switching to another task we are less stressed, more mentally organized and our improved job performance will be more impressive than our ability to juggle.

      Thank you so much for your comment and I’m so glad to know that you now give your projects 100% attention!!
      One pointed attention is the key to happiness and inner contentment.
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  6. That’s my lesson for today. Give everything I do my full attention. Simple, but so necessary. I meditate every morning, but there’s time to achieve the same peace all day.
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    • Dear Francene,
      What a wonderful affirmation to begin each day with.
      “I give everything I do today my full attention!” Beautiful!!
      Thank you for commenting and sharing your insights,
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  7. When I was teaching at the high school level, I had to be a multi-tasker (the administration called it being “efficient”) and it drove me nuts because I felt that my energies were always scattered. I just never felt settled. Prepping for four different levels of classes, differentiating instruction, dealing with interruptions, and managing all different kinds of personalities is a challenge I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I wonder how I survived all those years. I surely don’t miss the stress.

    Mindfulness is so important in living a conscious, balanced life.

    Great article, Gena! Thank you!
    Blessings.
    Penny
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    • Dear Penny,
      You summed it up so beautifully “Mindfulness is so important in living a conscious, balanced life.”
      That truly is the name of the game – the only one I want to be a part of!

      Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom,
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  8. giving attention to what we do, one at a time, is indeed a great satisfaction. i was hoping my boss could understand that 😀

    another great post.
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    • Hello Amar,

      Unfortunately most bosses don’t understand this concept. Employees who jump from one task to another, without completing any of them, can become confused about assignment goals. If deep concentration is continuously interrupted by phone calls and email messages, employee’s may not be able to regain the direction of a project, as he may forget a thought or solution. A confused worker is not focusing on the task at hand and is less likely to complete assignments satisfactorily and on time. This not only affects management and coworkers, but can have an impact on the companies customers, too.

      Thank you for bringing this forward today Amar!
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  9. Dear Gena,

    This is such a great message because, again, it goes to the simplicity of how to have a better life.

    I especially loved this part: “The beauty of meditation is that you can do it anytime, in everyday life, with your eyes open, using whatever task is at hand as your meditative object.

    For example; serving tea, arranging flowers, walking, working in your garden, painting, reading, journaling… All are forms of meditation.”

    I bet most people never even considered this.

    When you focus on one thing like that, you really are more in the NOW.

    That is so very important to creating your perfect life…to really live in each moment of NOW!

    Thank you so much for such a practical, helpful and lovely message.

    🙂

    Kathy
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    • Dear Kathy,
      Thank you so very much for your response.
      It is in my opinion that a joyful, rich, happy and fulfilling life is celebrated in the small things – the simple things. Life’s greatest pleasures can come from the simplest things. That is why we need to enjoy the little things in life. Let the world complicate things on its own, if you look carefully, chances are that you will find plenty of pleasures in life that need not be made complicated. When you do find them, make sure to enjoy and cherish the feeling because they may not remain simple for long. Like you said, when we focus on one thing – we are more in the NOW- and that is where the very heart of Spirit is found within us ALL.

      Thank you Kathy!
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena

      • Dear Gena,

        Exactly! It really is all about the simplicity.

        Which DOES NOT mean you have to sell everything and live like a monk or something, either.

        It means, in each moment of now, deal with each thing with focus and direct.

        I found in my own life that when I could be as much in the NOW as possible and regardless of what was going on, take care of just what needed to be done right now or the simplest thing to get where I wanted to go, things really BOOMED for me in all areas of my life.

        Even just yesterday, I got another example of this. So many complicated parts and so many people involved and I said, ok, for today, what is it we need just for today. And you know, it really was only one simple thing. So that is all we handled and it relieved about 5 people of concern, worry and anxiety over the situation.

        See how even one person can help resolve things for many.

        Like I always say, you create your life while you are living it.

        🙂

        Keep up the great work.

        I love what you do to help people.

        🙂

        Kathy
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        • That’s right Kathy!
          It’s all about simplicity and that doesn’t mean selling everything and living like a monk. It simply means living in a way that promotes being fully present and fully engaged at the task at hand. When we live in this way, we live a rich, productive, mindful and beautiful life!!

          Like you stated above, when we tend to the tasks at hand (those that are needed) we actually free up time and life becomes effortless – things take off and “BOOM” in all areas of our life. It seems counter-intuitive but that’s the way it works when we practice mindfulness and one-pointed-attention. We actually get more done!!

          Thank you Kathy for another wonderful comment!!!
          Healthy blessings,
          Gena 🙂

          • Exactly!

            It is actually kind of funny that it all really works this way.

            It is rather counter intuitive.

            It is like all those years when I was much younger and trying to lose weight.

            I put attention on what I couldn’t have and therefore that is all I wanted and it was very difficult to lose weight.

            Now, I eat what I want when I want and bless it all but have my intention on being healthy and I am drawn to what is good for me most of the time.

            I generally don’t even want sweets until after I’ve had really good food first.

            It is all about intention, attention, feeling good, enjoying life and keeping it simple, simple, simple.

            🙂

            I am loving this discussion.

            Kathy
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          • Amen Kathy!
            It’s really all about intention, one pointed attention and feeling good! 🙂 🙂

  10. Dear Gena

    WOW — my favorite one point attention. I had a few lessons on this LOL. What a great habit to form to be productive by gaining focus on one item at a time. I am very grateful that YOU taught me this.

    The beauty of meditation is that you can do it anytime, in everyday life, with your eyes open, using whatever task is at hand as your meditative object.

    I had no idea serving tea, arranging flowers, walking, working in your garden, painting, reading, journaling are all forms of meditation. — WHY? Can you explain a bit more

    “Anything you do in daily life with your “Full Attention” is a means to quiet your mind: I was also very surprised by this comment. I will ponder the meaning. Thank you for sharing and putting a big smile on my face tonight.
    Sending you love and light
    Bonnie
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    • Hello Bonnie,

      Indeed serving tea, arranging flowers, walking, working in your garden, painting, reading, journaling are all forms of meditation.

      Why? Because when our mind is fully focused and engaged in one thing at a time we are in the NOW moment.

      The aim of one pointed attention (meditation) is to provide a place for retreat and to create a place where everything is soothing and peaceful, a great place to get away to unwind after the daily stresses of life.

      One pointed attention (meditation) is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body as we have covered in our training’s together.

      One pointed attention (meditation) is the gentle effort to be continuously present within our experience.

      One pointed attention (meditation) is being on “purpose” by staying with our experience, whether that’s gardening or something as simple as eating means that we are actively shaping the mind to stay directed and focused.

      For example when we are purposefully aware of eating, we are consciously being aware of the process of eating. We’re deliberately noticing the sensations and our responses to those sensations. We’re noticing the mind wandering, and when it does wander we purposefully bring our attention back to our eating.

      When we’re eating un-mindfully we may in theory be aware of what we’re doing, but we’re probably thinking about a hundred and one other things at the same time, and we may also be watching TV, talking, or reading — or even all three!

      So a very small part of our awareness is absorbed with eating, and we may be only barely aware of the physical sensations.

      When we are fully mindful – we are centered and fully engaged on the task at hand.

      I hope this helps to clarify!
      Thank you Bonnie,
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  11. Great advice … sometimes we need to just slow down breathe and take things one thing at a time 🙂
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    • Absolutely Travis!!
      You stated that perfectly!
      Healthy blessings –
      Thank you so much for reading and for commenting!
      Gena 🙂

  12. Thank you Gena for answering “Why?”
    “Because when our mind is fully focused and engaged in one thing at a time we are in the NOW moment.One pointed attention (meditation) is being on “purpose” by staying with our experience, whether that’s gardening or something as simple as eating means that we are actively shaping the mind to stay directed and focused”

    It makes more sense. I have found so many things in life easier by focusing on one thing at a time. For sure it brings clarity and less overwhelm. Thank you. I appreciate your comments.
    Sending you love and light.
    Bonnie
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