segunda-feira, 27 de junho de 2011

A história do Focus

W. Timothy Gallwey wrote the book «The Inner Game of Tennis» in 1974 and revealed some discoveries he made about focus and concentration.
«How do you increase your ability to maintain concentration on something for long periods of time? Indian yogis in particular have recognized the power of love in overcoming distraction of mind. Love of the object of concentration makes it possible to focus one's attention without wavering, and eventually to become one with that object.»

There is a story told by holy men in the East which may make this point more memorable. «A seeker after Truth sought out a yoga master and begged him to help him achieve the enlightenment of perfect union with his true self. The Master told him to go into a room and meditate on God for as long as he could. After just two hours the seeker emerged distraught, saying that he could not concentrate, since his mind kept thinking about his much beloved bull he had left at home. The Master then told him to return to the room and meditate on his bull. This time the would-be yougi entered the room and after two days had still not emerged. Finally the Master called for him to come out. From within the seeker replied "I cannot; my horns are too wide to fit through the door". The seeker had reached such a state of concentration that he had lost all sense of separation from his object of concentration.»

And Timothy ends saying this: «As silly as it may sound, one of the most practical ways to increase concentration on the ball in tennis is to learn to love it! Get to know the tennis ball; appreciate its qualities. (...) Concentration is fascination of mind. Not staring hard at something or trying to concentrate, or even thinking hard about something.»