The Spider Technique
This is another strategy that sounds deceptively simple. But it is the basis for concentration because it helps you to maintain your concentration and not give in to distractions.
Hold a vibrating tuning fork next to a spider web. The spider will react and come looking for what is vibrating the web. Do it several times and the spider “wises up” and knows there’s no bug and doesn’t come looking.
You can learn that. Train yourself not to give in to distractions. When someone enters the room, or when a door slams, do not allow yourself to participate. Rather, keep your concentration on what’s in front of you.
Use the “Be here now” technique to help you regain concentration when you do become distracted momentarily.
Practice this in a variety of settings, such as:
- In lecture classes practice letting people move or cough without having to look at them – just let them “be out there” while you form a tunnel between you and the lecturer.
- When talking with someone keep your attention on that person, look at his face, and note what is being said. Let the rest of the world just be “out there.”