When I first came to meditation, around 15 years ago, I thought I was a pretty focused person. During the day, I held down a job as a book editor, wrote at night, and juggled freelance assignments for various magazines and web sites. But as I began to read about what happens to the mind when we endlessly multitask, this "skill" didn't seem so cool anymore.
At first, meditation just seemed like a good way to calm my over-stimulated mind. I've been an insomniac since childhood, and hoped meditation would help me sleep. A non-negotiable 15 minutes was quickly added to my schedule, and I saw my concentration improve. I slept better, with fewer interruptions. There was a tiny gap in my experience, not terribly big yet, but there all the same. This gap eventually widened, and I began to see that as I struggled with my body through endless diets and militaristic workouts, maybe all wasn't as it appeared on the outside.
It's no secret that we live in a copiously multitasking world. Technically, though, the brain can't multitask. Instead of performing two tasks at once, it chooses one thing to focus on, and moves the second thing to the back burner. This results in a pretty serious lack of focus.
What does this all have to do with weight loss, you ask? A lot, as it turns out.
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