Posts filed under: Flexible attention

Everything is separated and connected at the same time. The reality is simultaneously divided, broken into small pieces and completely unified. It depends on you – how you see the World and live your life. To be more precise, it depends...
Many people are interested in how Open Focus relates to Mindfulness. They feel these systems should somehow overlap since they both promote attention training to achieve similar goals – improving health and general well-being. I had a short encounter with...
I guess you know, a good diet, regular exercise and a good sleep every night can keep you reasonably healthy. However, not many people are aware of another important element of a healthy lifestyle which is balanced  attention.  In this...
I used to say – ‘Empty space is present between solid objects and permeates them. It does not stop where a physical object starts, it goes thought it. Space is borderless, timeless, featureless and unifies the whole reality. It is...
You think abstractly when you conceptualise or imagine something which is not in front of your face here and now. Say, when you think – It would be really nice if these children stopped throwing their food into my bag...
I have many years of experience with meditation. I went through a fairly typical path, I think. First, sitting on a soft pillow in my student room trying to follow my breathing, reading books and striving for intellectual understanding of...
This is another post which, I hope, will help you to understand the potential hidden in the four attention styles theory and Open Focus practice. Please, read a following story and notice attention style changes on the attention graph. ....
In the picture above, you can see a boy pulling a container filled with water. There are many people in Africa who are forced to walk many hours to collect water. They usually carry randomly shaped containers on their shoulders....
In one of my previous posts I presented an idea that attention style combinations can be linked to personalities (see here). As you know, people can change. Soon you will learn that what really changes is their preferred attentional style/s....
When I am driving, walking, waiting or doing things which do not require my full attention I start to daydream. I live through past events or I imagine the future. This can trigger various emotions and I can totally lose...
I am aware the four attention styles theory is not easy to comprehend. That is why I keep trying to make it more approachable for a lay reader. For example, in my book ‘The Magic Terrace’ I have extended Dr...
I would like to present you a very practical skill which can make your work  – and private life – a bit more exciting. It is fairly easy to learn and it is based on a flexible attention. It should...
  . * because one is an object too ** the whole brain synchrony in alpha frequency...
We can be aware of problems, pain and loneliness only when we are in the narrow/objective attention style. Unfortunately the Western world is based on it. We have learned to favor this style and it feels natural to attend in...
The narrow/objective world . The western culture is based on the narrow/objective attention style. [Just to remind you – when our attention is narrow we are specific and we divide reality into smaller pieces (objects) which can be fully attended...
The diffuse/immersed attention style . Unborn babies are fully immersed with their mums while living inside their bumps. They are perfectly connected and it is hard to say whether they are two or one. For a long time little babies...
This is an introduction to my book about the four attention styles theory and attention flexibility. Its title is The Magic Terrace. This book has not been published yet but it is almost finished (there are still many language and...
Happy long term marriages successfully share their personalities based on opposite attention styles. Just think for a moment about happy couples that you know or maybe you are one of them) and think about whether this is true. One partner...
I have recently learned about nonduality which is a translation of the Sanskrit word ‘Advaita’, which means ‘not two’. It points to the essential oneness (wholeness, completeness, unity) of life. Oneness which exists here and now, prior to any apparent separation. In...
This is a non-standard Open Focus exercise that I like to practice. As you know, space awareness is the heart of Open Focus practice. It is the quickest way to generate alpha synchrony in the brain. It was easy for me to...
You can find symbols which may represent balancing attention styles in various traditions. I will give you three examples. Please, bear in mind it is my interpretation and feel free to disagree with me. First symbol represents the Holy Trinity...
The Joy of Diffuse Attention I was out in the garden today weeding, and I found myself immersed in the pleasure of all the different sounds and sensations I was exposed to, all at the same time. It was such...
Sense of time depends on an attention style. In the narrow objective style, time is an object. We can make time or lose it. There are objects called the past and the future, with their different qualities. We say thet time is a...
Science recognizes objects and describes relations between them. It means that it belongs to the dual reality. My understanding of an object is anything I can focus my attention on. It could be a physical object (a chair, a desk, a...