I’ve been thinking a lot about thinking lately. What conditions do I need to foster concentration? Is concentration the key to insight? Or, is it about letting the mind wander and waiting for inspiration to strike?
For me it starts with, well, really it ends with distractions. But what interrupts a thought process and what doesn’t? If I’m deep into something and I get a momentary distraction, I can probably get right back in without too much trouble. String a couple of those interruptions together, or take me away for more than a moment, and it’s typically back to square one.
Why is that and what can we do about it? (more…)