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Here’s an awesome science experiment if you’ve got just the right supplies to hand: Take 43 beakers and fill them each with just enough fluid to create specific musical notes, and then line them up in a row. Then take 43 people with exceptionally good aim, dress them in matching glasses and lab coats, give them each a silver coin, and then line them up in a row across from the beakers. Have them each toss their coins, one immediately after the other, so that each coin lands in its corresponding beaker.

Congratulations, you’ve just created the “World’s fastest coin-toss orchestra of 43 people in extreme concentration!” That’s what the PARTY creative ageny did to promote Suntory’s concentration-enhancing drink Shuchu Regain. Played in real time, it’s two seconds of rapid coin tinkling. But when played in slow motion, those tinkling coins are each notes from Mozart’s “Minuet”:

[via Spoon & Tamago]

Hi sweeties! A new jar for you today!

Trouble focusing and concentrating/channeling extra energy into positive, useful ways is not a new struggle in my household. This jar was a request, but also something I found to be useful for people in my own home, so it was a joy to make, filled with love!

Let’s start!

  • sea salt - for purification
  • caraway seeds - for mental power
  • lavender - for peace and protection
  • rosemary - for mental power
  • basil - to dispel confusion, fears and weakness

With each added ingredient, focus that intent and love into each of your layers. The magic is in you and your intent, so don’t be afraid to spend time on each layer! Once you are finished, you can cork up your bottle and speak your intent into the whole bottle, definitely spend time concentrating and focusing while doing this, as it is the purpose of the bottle, infuse it with these things!

While doing so, you can repeat to yourself–

“Peace will come,
focus will stay.
My energy will be used
in a productive way.”

After you are finished, you can seal up your bottle with wax, I have a tutorial for this here.

Feel free to tag me in your recreations! I love to see them!

You can also find my other bottles here.

I hope this was helpful! I’m open for questions if you have any!

xoxo.

CONCENTRATION + STUDYING MASTERPOST

1. TIPS + TECHNIQUES 

2. RESOURCES: APPS + WEBSITES

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What happens when you drink a cup of coffee

Coffee is fantastic - there’s no denying that. In fact, it is the world’s most popular beverage after water. But do you ever wonder why exactly coffee makes you feel so good? Here’s a timeline to show you what happens, in scientific terms, when you drink a cup of coffee.

Infographic by Map Coffee

Auschwitz survivor Miroslaw Celka walks out the gate with the sign saying “Work makes you free” after paying tribute to fallen comrades at the “death wall” execution spot in the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp on January 27, 2015. Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, ageing survivors and dignitaries gather at the site synonymous with the Holocaust to honour victims and sound the alarm over a fresh wave of anti-Semitism. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN

Did you know that you can train your concentration? It’s not something you will get over night but with a little practice and patience you can train your focus. Here are five training methods you can do in your daily life.

  1. Write with your week hand.
  2. Write a word backwards.
    E.g. “concentration” -> “noitartnecnoc” 
  3. You can’t focus on class or a speech or anything like that?
    Don’t doze off instead just pick a word from the topic what the person is talking about. Start with a simple word which is not very often used and count it in your head.
    E.g. it’s your international law class. Pick the word “contract”. Every time the teacher/prof uses the word “contract”, count it. Sounds simple?
    Later you can continue with a more often used word like “and” and so on.
    The meaning of this exercise is to train your awareness and accuracy of your listening.
  4. Count a specific letter from a text.
    E.g. use an article from a paper and mark the letter “r”. Later you can try to do that without marking the letters. Like this you can also use a text from the internet e.g. your favorite blog etc.
    With this exercise your brain is forced to focus since you have look at the article carefully so you won’t miss a letter. It’s the perfect time killer for waiting times ;)
  5. Imagine a white wall.
    This exercise is perfect to start (or end) your day with a clear head.
    Sit down comfortable (not too comfortable so you fall asleep again :P). Close your eyes and imagine a white wall. Nothing but a white wall. If another thought is coming into your mind just start again. Try to do this 15 minutes long without distraction.
    Don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t work at your first try. It’s quite hard actually. You can also start with e.g. 5 minutes and increase the time from time to time. Maybe setting a timer if you feel like you could loose time with this practice.

That’s it so far. I really hope this is useful!
Have a nice day ♥ 

- xoxo, junli -

Want to improve your Concentration?

1. Cut out the noise. Noise is a distraction and interrupts our thinking. It makes it harder for us to focus, to process, retrieve and then use information.  

2. Structure your environment. Try and set aside a specific place to study - somewhere that is quiet, and free from normal, everyday distractions.

3. Know what you’re aiming for. You won’t achieve much without clear objectives. You need to have a concrete and specific goal. That is, something you can measure and can work towards.

4. Plan your studying for the day. Tick off your achievements as you work through your list. That will help to keep you focused, so you’re less inclined to daydream - or to waste time doing futile, pointless things.

5. Know what the guidelines and the standards are.  Then, adhere closely to those when doing you’re doing practice tests, or writing an assignment, or thinking through your answers.

6. Expect to meet roadblocks. That way, obstacles won’t throw you off your course. You’ll get up and work around them – so they don’t destroy your plans.

7. Become a hermit and isolate yourself. It’s just for a short time, and it’s worth it in the end.

8. Be patient, and hang in there, when you feel unmotivated. If you can just push through this, you will find that you learn something. 

Meditation plays a big role in my life. Meditation fortifies my spirit, improves my focus, my desire. When I fight I try to empty my mind. It’s called Mushin. When I don’t see anything around me, I only see that moment. Nothing else matters. that was how I was taught to live.
— 

Lyoto Machida

More sayings from The Dragon here.

Below is a list of things that can help you to focus + stop procrastinating.

Apps for blocking distractions

Promodoro clock

  • FocusBooster - list all your tasks + track your time and productivity, generates report (15-day free trial only)
  • TeamViz - clear list of tasks + small clock when working
  • Promodoro Time - available on mac, iphone and ipad

Taking breaks

  • Time Out (for mac) - provides “a “Normal” break and a “Micro” break
  • Coffee Break (for mac)

Tracking apps

Tasks and Organisations

Background sound (also check this out)

For writers

Scents for improving productivity

  • Rosemary, peppermint, lemon (source)
  • Lemon, lavender, jasmine, rosemary, cinnamon, peppermint (source)

Food that can boost your concentration (source)

  • Oatmeal - low in calories and help you to focus longer 
  • Dark Chocolate - boosts serotonin and endorphin levels
  • Water - remember thirst and dehydration can cause fatigue
  • Blueberries - energy booster
  • Salmon - rich in amino acids which are essential for boosting focus
  • Green Tea - contains theanine that improves mental alertness and focus
  • Beets - promote better memory, focused concentration and overall cognition
  • Bananas - highlight potassium, which is an essential mineral crucial for keeping your brain, nerves, and heart in tip-top shape
  • Spinach - brain food
  • Eggs - dense source of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (favours memory and mood)

#12 || Link to my Study Tips Series - I post once a week here! (strive-for-da-best)

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Yantras with symbols of flower of life, metatrons cube,  sahashara and sri yantra.

Yantra is a geometric design acting as a highly efficient tool for contemplation, concentration and meditation. Yantras carry spiritual significance, and point the user to higher levels of consciousness.