There is a narration in Mahabharata epic about Arjun, concentrating on the eye of the fish as seen on the reflection in water. Yes, it was a case essentially needing deep and single point concentration, for getting certain success. But this type of concentration, in the opinion of the blogger, is not needed in many of the normal happenings in life. Any worker, instructor, driver, reader, student, writer, police man or security guard etc. may have some internal & external disturbances, but does need concentration to a limited extent for his work. A vehicle driver should concentrate on all rules/problems/activities connected with driving the vehicle, as well as on various things & activities happening on the road at that time. He should keep his thoughts on other topics away from him. When some particular activity/work is going on, then as soon as a person gets relevant information which may affect it, he should analyze & use it immediately without keeping it waiting. During piloting of an aeroplane, when the pilot gets some important information, his attention should be immediately drawn to it, for taking immediate appropriate action. The concentration of a designer should be wide enough for understanding, anticipating & highlighting all aspects/problems during manufacture & use of that product.
By deeply concentrating on the present work, a person may perform the work satisfactorily with minimum mistakes, but he is not vigilant of the events happening around him at that time. Such a person may be working under dangerous external situations/circumstances and he may even become a victim or a cause of accident(s). Such a person should be given assurance of full safety from outside hazards and he should feel that someone is worrying about his safety. Thus a person solely engaged in his work, concentrating on a particular topic under consideration, but not remembering that he has also to do some other works like writing an official letter or making a telephone call or visiting an office may cause problems in day to day working. Also in case he does remember it, it means that he is not concentrating fully on his work. We may need different levels of concentration for different works. The limitation of concentration may be adjusted as per the need. We should consider concentration on a topic and taking up other works together, meaning thereby to have concentration, but still not have it fully. It is said that today’s world is that of multi-tasking and that people cannot concentrate or focus on a single goal only. Multi-tasking involves change of focus and reduced reaction time. But more success appears to come from single minded devotion, concentration and passion, since continuous concentration is capable of overcoming many obstacles in our life. Also it is understood that our brain can do one task at a time efficiently. History is replete with many cases of success, where the persons adopted this approach. Also our thoughts are very important in life. We should concentrate on our positive, encouraging and stable thoughts, with negative thoughts not finding any place in our mind. Interest in the work & desire to continue to learn, automatically help in getting concentration on the work. Sometimes when we open our books in student life or technical papers for study & disposal in work life, we are unable to continue due to our being tired, trying to do several things at the same time, lack of interest or inability to concentrate on the subject. If we get involved in imaginary day-dreaming, thoughts of friends or family or other subjects or get restlessness or feelings of tension, we will not be able to complete the works satisfactorily. Meditation increases the ability for better concentration, reduces anxiety & stresses in spite of various factors, by keeping a person away from other disturbances. But it is considered that while doing meditation also, a person should be vigilant enough about external disturbances & dangers & internal depressive factors.