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Focused Attention Is an Endangered Species


Dr. Daniel Goleman




By now, everyone knows that mindfulness meditation is good for you—but what's still surprising scientists is just how quickly it works.


What's surprising, at least to scientists is that the benefits from meditation show up right fromthe beginning. You can do, for example, mindfulness, that's pretty popular meditation. If you do mindfulness practice 10 minutes, a day, or 10 minutes three times over the course of a day, something remarkable happens to your attention. And that's the fact that has to do with the fact that we're all multitasking these days, you know, people on average, look at their email about 50 times a day, they look at their Facebook 20 Some times a day. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

There's Instagram, there's your phone calls, there's whatever it is you have to do. And what this means for attention is that we're challenged that focused attention is an endangered species. However, we need that focus to get work done well.

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