What is concentration?

According to the dictionary, concentration is to give full attention and energy to something.

Everyday I hear people say that if only they were interrupted less during their daily activities, their productivity and focus would greatly increase.

But what do I gain from increasing my concentration?

You gain increased productivity and more energy to get things done. This is because a well-trained mind makes everything easier and more efficient. You will not have to do the same things over again because you had not noticed small mistakes in the first place. Increased productivity often means more free time for you, for your children, family, sports etc ...

When was the last time you trained your concentration?

Most people do not train their concentration. This is because it is still an unknown discipline and perhaps somewhat obscure to us.

But I assure you, a little dedication in your routine and you will feel your productivity soar.

There is nothing more powerful than a well-trained mind.

When you combine concentration + discipline + focus, you are unstoppable. This clearly defines those that succeed in life and those who do not. Those who haven’t this powerful tool in their hands invariably share the same self talk: “it’s because he is lucky”, “God is with him”, “it looks like he was made or it”, “the stars help” and a bunch of further excuses.

A well-trained mind produces wealth and harmony around you, driving emotional stability and happiness.

Do I need to spend 6 months in Tibet or India dressed in strange clothes?

These things described above have a name: prejudice, fantasy, myth. Increasing your ability to concentrate depends uniquely and exclusively on whether you train, engage and direct your attention to such a thing. Nothing else makes excellent exercise of concentration, as it does to keep working where you work, live where you live and with whom you live.

What does what I eat, drink and smoke have to do with my concentration?

With much experience working in this area, we can guarantee that these are things known to really "drain" your attention and your body. This happens when the body is not well maintained, with excellent maintenance, when you keep ignoring it and do not exercise it, when you keep eating poorly, drinking, and pretending that back pain has gone after all). However disciplined you are, you will not have the same productivity, as it the body hasn’t got any outlet.

A McLaren running with diesel?

Ever imagined a Formula 1 car, racing with a flat tyre, or working with diesel instead of petrol?

Yeah, your body is not much different. And, quite simply, if badly maintained, the most developed machine in this universe will yield 30, 40 and even 70% less than it should. You know what I'm talking about, when you have those days when you simply cannot concentrate. When the work does not get done. When it seems that everything is out of order for no apparent reason.

And why are you not looking at what you did during the day or days earlier – such as sleep less, eat more at dinner, inject caffeine into the body and allow stress to dominate your day.

Alcohol, the silent villain

This is a taboo subject in our society, wherever you go in the world the human being makes use of narcotics (from ancient Greek ναρκῶ Närko, ‘Ι benumb’), yet the body always pays a price. The seat of consciousness exists in our brain, and to receive any amount of alcohol, however small, will create alterations, causing decreased concentration and small lapses of consciousness, imperceptible to the individual, but increasing the reduction of concentration.

Very far from your reality?

That lapse of a few minutes lost when you had to remember those passwords or keys or mobile phone that you lost during the day, all these minutes add up to a few days of work in one year’s time. Time that you could have spent with family, friends, doing sports etc ...

I do not want to become a ninja or a Karate Kid

Again, these myths created by Hollywood films deter people with excellent development potential, to whom it would be natural to increase concentration, gain memory and clarity of thought. And with nothing more than closing the eyes and train a simple technique of concentration for a few minutes.

I do not believe any of these things

Provided you are executing them well, the wonder of these techniques is that you do not need to believe in them. You can tell a massage therapist you do not believe in his or her techniques, but if he or she is good, the techniques will surely produce the effects. You could also say that you do not believe in anesthesia from a dentist, but I do not believe that you would undergo a dental filling without such an injection, even if you do not believe in it.

Attention is the cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things. Attention has also been referred to the allocation of the processing of resources. Alcohol That is the principle given to ardent spirit and wine. Their intoxicating power, while the narcotic principle to opium and tobacco imparts similar properties. In popular language, alcohol is classed among the stimulants, and opium and tobacco among the narcotics; which substances are whose ultimate effect upon the beast system is to produce torpor and insensibility, but taken in small quantities they exhilarate at first. And since alcohol does the same, most medical writers, at the present day, class it among the narcotics.

- Edward Hitchcock, American Temperance Society (1830)

We reveal the secret to a long and happy life (…and it’s not what you were hoping)

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

Do you want to live a long and happy life? ‘Master’ guru SMARTananda reveals how this one little-known secret effortlessly gives you the life you always wanted in just 2 weeks…

You can’t deny that these marketers are clever. The way that they pray on our basic human desires to feel happy, secure and accepted. And the way that they dangle the promise of instant gratification within arm’s reach only for it to evaporate as soon as your credit card payment leaves your bank account.

I thought I’d set the record straight and tell you the real ‘secret’ to living a long and happy life. It’s what I’ve learnt from 22 years of working with The DeRose Method and hundreds of conversations I've had with doctors, nutritionists, neurologists, physiotherapists and gym trainers.

Okay, here goes…

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough good quality sleep, preferably at the same time every night
  • Invest in your relationships with your family and your best friends
  • Do meaningful work that you love instead of a job that you do just for money or image

What? You already knew all that?

Exactly, that’s the point.

We’ve known what the ingredients for a happy life are for decades and the answers are obvious.

So, if you already know the answers why haven’t you mastered them all already?

It’s because we live in a culture where those kind of values aren’t the norm. We are all a product of our environment and if everyone at your office eats fast food, binge drinks and lives a crazy stressed-out life those things feel like the normal way for you to live too.

It’s only when you experience a different kind of environment and spend time with people who have a different set of priorities in life that change becomes possible.

At the DeRose Method we don’t sell ‘secrets’ and ‘miracle cures’. Everything we teach is easy-to-understand, dare I say it, common sense advice. What we offer that’s unique is a supportive, nurturing environment full of like-minded people.

We’re a million miles away from the workaholic, instant gratification, status-obsessed world that dominates the media. And we’re proud of that.

If you’ve not already experienced it for yourself (or if you have and you’ve got a friend you want to bring into the fold) come and pay us a visit at Wetherby Mansions - because our door is always open to you.

Kind Regards

Gustavo Cardoso

and now, will you ignore?

The Cambridge Declaration on ConsciousnessWe declare the following: “The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism fromexperiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have theneuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along withthe capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates thathumans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhumananimals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, alsopossess these neurological substrates.”

Read the full article here

“Animals are my friends, and I don't eat my friends.”

George Bernard Shaw

Sonia Ferreira