Here is another brain training technique for increased focus & concentration. It is essentially another way to meditate & be mindful. I do find that it is a great way to focus quickly, enabling one to practice anywhere, at any time, without tapes etc.
To start with find a comfortable place to practice, away from distractions. Wear comfortable clothing. I find sitting up to be best, but as long as you are comfortable, it doesn’t really matter what position you are in. Close or open your eyes as you see fit.
Take a deep breath in. As you do think of the number one. Focus on it. What colour is it? Does it have a visible texture? Is it numerical, written, Roman numerals? What language is it? Hear the word “one” clearly in your mind. Is it your voice saying it? Or someone close to you? Is it a voice you are unfamiliar with?
Now breathe out. As you do, hold the image of one in your mind. At the same time think “relax”. Feel any tension release from your body.
As you breathe in a second time, think of “two”. Same again, focus on anything you notice about the two in your minds eye.
When you are ready breathe out and relax.
Continue this pattern until you get to ten. Then repeat.
You should keep doing this exercise for about 10minutes, at least twice a day to get the full benefits. The idea is to keep repeating up to ten, not counting beyond that, as it can then encourage competitiveness. That is not the point of the exercise.
Potentially you could think of any object, I’ve heard of people using fruit, Buddhists often just focus on the breath or the body, or use a mantra. As long as the object is neutral & doesn’t cause anxiety or lead to thoughts that do.
Eventually you want to start practicing this in different situations, so that you get used to distractions. This will train your brain to focus despite any distractions.
This exercise can be a little boring once repeated many times. Also the results don’t become apparent immediately. Think of it like weight training. You don’t see results after one training session. But stick with it and you should see an improvement in concentration, focus & relaxation.