How to increase mental energy and focus.
The mind is always active and moving, from one thought to another. The three broad themes are recalling the past, projecting into the future, or imagining a result. Such continual mental activity requires energy, and the mind does not seem to tire as long as we let it wander. Paradoxically, when we attempt to focus on something important such as studying for an exam, the same mind suddenly decides it does not have any energy.
Where is the disconnect? Can we summon the mind at will to work under our will and work as tirelessly as it does when it wanders from thought to thought?
The mind need not be a lifelong “wandering and chattering” companion. Mental energy is a great treasure. Although we cannot pinpoint the source of the mind’s energy, we can, by various methods, accumulate a critical amount of the mind’s energy, so we may overcome habits and reactions, keeping our attention wandering from thought to thought.
The field of the mind is infinite, just as the physical universe we perceive with our eyes. According to the well-accepted theory of the origin of the universe — The Big Bang — everything in the physical universe started as a point of infinitely great energy. Once the “Big Bang” happened, matter began to spread in all directions, and the universe continued to expand. At some point, when we first came to recognize our unique, individual identity, perhaps that was the moment when the mind began its expansion. Every day, we add more experiences and impressions to the mind, adding to the preexisting complex interconnections between thoughts.
Although the mind may continually be active, when we are asleep, there is no awareness of the mind. We can’t say with certainty that the mind disappears just because our awareness of the mind disappears. All our problems and worry seem to disappear into a big black hole. Yet, as soon as we awaken, the mind explodes into action. The same thought patterns, anxieties, worries, etc., come back, and the mind instantaneously expands to its prior conditioned state.
When we are engrossed in work, and that engagement is intense, we lose the sense of awareness of who we are and where we are. The mind’s energies crystallize into one place, and that mental focus does not get…