Meditating Improves Concentration

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Candles My meditation practice is coming along. I don't do it everyday, but I'm still getting some benefits out of my semi weekly sessions.

One of the benefits is that I'm getting more used to the idea that I will be distracted while I meditate. The goal is not to remove distractions, but to gently set them aside. Thoughts pop into my head and I acknowledge them and release them.

This is really helpful for concentration. When I sit down to write, sometimes I get stressed out when my mind wanders elsewhere and I'm not getting enough words on the page. But when I a) notice more quickly that I've gotten distracted and b) am nicer to myself in disengaging and going back to work, well, the whole day goes better.

You will be distracted. Accept it! The idea is to get past distractions faster so you can get back to what you were doing. 

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