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15. Focus And Happiness


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[Transcript]

Hi I am Jonny John


In life it's easy to develop a habit of always doing things without focus.


Sometimes when we do things, like studying, or doing a job, we can easily let our mind wander off.


Today in this video I want to talk about the importance of being in focus in whatever we do in life, how focus can affect our state of mind.


So let's begin.


So usually when we do something we can easily let our mind just wander off.


Now we may do this for many reasons, consciously or subconsciously. We may just not find what we are doing meaningful enough, or we may be wandering off in our mind thinking about other problems we have in life, or we can be thinking about something else that we want to do.


The list goes on.


Now when you do something without focus, and let you mind wander off, three things will happen.


First your happiness level will drop.


Second you will get tired.


Third, your accuracy and productivity will be affected.


Today I just want to focus on the most important part which is the relationship between focus and happiness.


It's important to be in focus in whatever we do, because with focus, comes happiness.


Let me tell you how I discovered the relationship between focus and happiness.


So I went to a vipassana meditation retreat, and there you had to meditate for hours and hours each day. I really didn't like to meditate for long hours each day because it was boring. So most of the time my mind would just wander off, thinking about something else. Thinking about breakfast, thinking about what I want to do in life, thinking about how many more days there are left in this meditation retreat.


But then there were times, when I would try my best, to not let the mind wander off, and simply focus on the meditation practice. And what I noticed was that in those moments without wandering thoughts, when I was completely focused, those were moments of profound happiness and peace. And through this experience, it made me realize the importance of being in focus, and that helped me to stop wandering off in my mind all the time.


So I questioned to myself, if being focused in meditation brings happiness, does it also work with other activities? Because there was still a part of me that believed that it is the quality of the activity which determines one's happiness.


So I began testing it out. As I went about my daily life I began to apply focus on everything I did, even on the things that I found most boring. For instance, I would apply focus when I was washing dishes, or even when I went to the toilet, or when I would walk on the street. What I discovered was that every time I was focused without wandering thoughts, I was in a state of happiness.


With time I realized the effects that wandering thoughts had on my mind. It's hard to be present, and be happy, when you have wandering thoughts. Without wandering thoughts, and being in a state of focus, it can give you happiness.


So if we apply focus on even the most mundane things such as walking, or even picking up a book it can create a profound sense of happiness within. So happiness comes from not the activity in which we do in life but rather the state of mind we are in when we are doing it.


Focus will take time to develop and it will be difficult at first.


The reason why most of us are not focused is because we have no desire to be in focus. It is by having the intention to focus that we can become more focused. And through experiencing greater happiness through being in focused, you will naturally develop that intention to not wander off.


So in summary, being in focus gives mind happiness.


-Jonny John Liu




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