Is it Easier to Concentrate When Lighthearted?
Posted by Elebra on 5/29/2012
When someone is lighthearted, or when someone says that he has that feeling, it often indicates a level of happiness. The important thing to remember is most people who are lighthearted have made the conscious choice to be this way. Generally, they will have decided that they will approach challenges in a playful manner, find inspiration or use curiosity, and will be extremely flexible. They may appear "care free" or without any worries, but it is usually due to the fact that they are not allowing their cares to negatively impact their conscious life.
So, how does this relate to an easier manner of concentrating? Here's the thing, if you are lighthearted, your mind is going to be relatively "uncluttered" by the things that tend to interfere with concentration. Just consider that the opposite of lightheartedness is heavyheartedness. This is someone who looks and feels "down". This person is carrying the weight of the world upon his or her shoulders. Often, this person is "dwelling" on the issues that make him feel sad or disappointed.
Now, just imagine two people: one who is clearly very lighthearted, curious, and flexible and one who is heavyhearted, dispirited and down. Both are given the same text to read and to discuss. How do you see this situation "playing out?" The lighthearted person is going to use his or her curiosity and passion towards "living in the moment", to read the text in a fully engaged manner. The heavyhearted person may struggle to get through the text because there is already so much "cluttering" his mind.
Regardless of the negativity or positivity of the text itself, a heavyhearted person may warp the meaning or be indifferent to the content. The lighthearted person will take it in, and may find it silly or useless, but will not put any emotional weight on the matter.
It is always going to be easier to be clear and neutral about concentration when you have few pressures or emotional problems in the way. This means that someone who is enduring a period of heavyheartedness may want to postpone the need to focus or concentrate until he has been able to overcome the dilemma. Usually it takes a bit of work and conscious effort to set aside negativity and bad feelings, but if you base your behavior on the lighthearted model, you can often use this approach for inspiration!
Of course, I should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical or any other type of advice. Because everyone is different, you should work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you.