Exercise 3: The Ten Second Count
This is more of an exercise in practicing concentration than it is in mindfulness, and it is a simple variation on exercise 1. In this exercise, rather than focussing on your breath, you just close your eyes and focus your attention on slowly counting to ten. If your concentration wanders of, start back at number one! For most people, it goes something like this…
“One…two…three…do I have to buy milk today or did John say he’d do it? Oh, whoops, I’m thinking.”
“One…two…three…four…this isn’t so hard after all… Oh no….that’s a thought! Start again.”
“One…two…three… now I’ve got it. I’m really concentrating now…”
I use this exercise to practice concentrating when I do my daily stretching.