I’d like you to reflect on this for a moment; as you are sitting reading this article, information is entering your brain through your eyes. But you are also hearing sounds, sensing feelings, like the feeling of sitting in a chair, the touch of the clothing on your body, and the air temperature. You are also receiving information in the form of smells., and you are receiving information in the form of tastes on your lips. There are also the emotions and thoughts that you are experiencing. This is also information that you’re processing. We live in an information intense world.
Even in a tranquil and peaceful setting, we are bombarded by 60,000 different forms of stimuli per second. That is occurring every minute, and every hour. And it goes on twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, week in and week out for our entire life.
This happens to be a big part of the dilemma of why some of us can not concentrate, we are suffering from “information overload.” That makes it very difficult to memorize all of the information that we want to remember, or need to recall. Very often, while we are reading, we realize that our conscious mind has been off somewhere else, on a tangent or day dream. When we get to the bottom of the page, we realize we have no conscious memory of what we have just read. That’s because our mind has been somewhere else thinking about a problem, rather than concentrating on reading. No matter what your age, and whether you are a student, a working adult, or a retired senior, I’m sure that you understand what I’m talking about. In our fast paced world, it is often very hard to focus your concentration.
WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS DESCRIBES YOUR PROBLEM?
A. Your mind begins to wander as you read, and then you suddenly realize that you do not have the slightest idea what you have just read.
B. When you are in a social situation and you are introduced to new people, you realize you have forgotten their names as quickly as you heard them.
C. You need to do something in another room, but as soon as you get to the other room, you totally forget why.
D. You can stay alert and absorb new information. But when you need to take a test, “Test Anxiety” creates a mental block, and you are not able to recall the answers to the test questions you really know.
The biggest cause of a failure to focus attention is stress, and the largest cause of a mental block is also stress. So the more relaxed a person is, the better they will be able to focus their concentration, absorb information, and then be able to recall it at a later date.
Today, memory enhancement through hypnosis is a hot topic. Hypnosis is a brilliant tool for relaxation, and as a matter of fact, the very nature of the hypnotic state is deep relaxation. As the mind becomes peaceful, the ability to keep the mind focused increases, and a peaceful mind increases the ability to retain information, and recall it when it is needed.