Increase Your Brain Power With Open Focus Attention

December 6, 2010

“Focus, pay attention, concentrate.” became a mantra repeated over and over as I read the assigned course material, studied for exams or did research for essays. The pressure and stress those words caused me went unnoticed as I struggled to understand and retain the required subject matter. I always managed to do well enough to get decent grades but I could never understand why I had to read things over two or three times for full comprehension when others could read something once and they had it.

In the ensuing 40 years my ability to attend has improved in some areas and diminished in others.  I don’t believe this has anything to do with aging; it has to do with the way I’ve learned to pay attention. The good news is that what was learned can be unlearned and replaced by something more functional if we have the right tools to do the job.

When we’re ready the “teacher” appears and in this case it arrived in the form of a book by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins called The Open Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body. I’ve been working with the exercises in the book for a week and already I’m noticing that I’m not straining as much to pay attention and that I’m retaining what I’m hearing, seeing and reading in a new way. During the next few weeks I’ll be reporting on my findings. In the meantime, I’m going to let Les Fehmi fill you in on his work. The interview is in two parts. I 'ope you find the information as useful as I have.














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