See, Touch, Go
The 3-minute video below is the first of 14 instructional videos that are woven throughout The Now Effect. I wanted to share the first one with you to give you an experience of “See, Touch, Go.” Give yourself a chance to practice it right now, then go ahead and bring it to the tasks at work, even your email.
(Note: The introduction in the video says, “thank you for buying The Now Effect” because the reader experiences this as the first video in the book.)
Come back to this to practice throughout the day and bring it informally to the tasks at home and work whenever you notice your mind wandering onto a mind trap or from what’s most important to pay attention to. You may even want to schedule a pop up in your calendar asking yourself “Where is my attention now?” When it pops up, take a breath and then answer the question. You may discover you were caught in a mind trap.
You may do this dance over and over again. The purpose isn’t to judge yourself if you’re distracted, but just become aware of it and gently refocus your attention. This mindful focus has been proven to help us become more flexible in our decision making, less stressed and happier at home and at work.
Try it out!
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The preceding article is adapted from the new book The Now Effect by Elisha Goldstein and is reprinted with permission of Atria Books. © 2012 Elisha Goldstein, PhD
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., has a private practice in West Los Angeles. He is the coauthor of A Mindfulness‑Based Stress Reduction Workbook and author of the Mindfulness at Work™ program that is currently being taught in many multinational corporations. He is the founder of the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy column on Psychcentral.com and a frequent contributor on the Huffington Post and Mentalhelp.net. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
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