quiet mind

vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology
Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane

Our minds are restless. Always on the move, they wander ceaselessly, jumping from past memories to the future, constantly plotting and planning. On the court, on the field we sometimes plan our day, worry about something or thinking of work or school. No wonder so many people feel exhausted by the end of day. Even more remarkable than the perpetual agitation of our minds is the fact that we recognize only a fraction of this frenzy, though it is not hard to recognize. You can get a taste of it in just a couple of minutes by doing the following brief experiment.

Read the following instructions. When you are clear about them, close your eyes. Visualise a white ring with a white dot in the middle, on the black background. Try to focus your attention undistractedly on the image and to keep it clear and steady in your mind for one to two minutes. Do the visualisation now.

It is astounding to find how dramatically the image shifts and changes despite your best efforts to hold it steady. Not only does the image change, but attention wanders away to passing thoughts. This brief glimpse of the mind’s agitation and limited concentration surprises most people. The mind has its own world.

Why is training your attention so vital? Why bother learning to concentrate? Because our untrained minds take an enormous toll on our psychological – and spiritual well being, and because, once tamed, a concentrated mind offers enormous benefits.

As long as we cannot focus our attention and it leaps unbidden from one thing to another, we are doomed to agitation and distraction. Just how costly it can be is evident from watching most sport events.

vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology
Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane

The mind has a remarkable ability to mirror and take on the qualities of whatever we attend to. If we listen to an angry person – our minds start to boil with anger. If we focus on a loving person, our minds tend to fill with love. Once this is recognized, two things quickly become apparent:

1) If we could control attention, we could concentrate on specific memories in order to evoke desired qualities such as joy, positive energy …etc.

2) What we put into our minds is just as important as what we put into our mouths. Our mental diet affects our mental health. If we practice what some call ‘unwise attention’ and stuff our minds with such things as insane television diet of fear, violence …etc. the same qualities will be present in our minds. But if we practice ‘wise attention’ and carefully select a healthier diet for our minds – we cultivate healthy states of mind.

What we concentrate on we become, and once we can control attention, we can concentrate on anything we wish. This opens enormous possibilities.

If you want to improve your performance and to know more about Vida Mind, do a free session with Dr. Damien Lafont. Contact him at info@vidamind.com.au or call 0435 819 262 and he will get in touch with you to schedule 45 min with you either in person or over Skype. In this free info session with him, you’ll go through what is keeping your performing at your best. You’ll know Dr Lafont, how he works and whether you are a good fit for each other. 

vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology
Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane