Lengthens Attention Span:
Focused-attention meditation is like weight lifting for your attention span. It helps increase the strength & endurance of your attention.
For example, a study looked at the effects of an eight-week mindfulness meditation course & found it improved participants’ ability to reorient & maintain their attention.
A similar study showed that human resource workers who regularly practiced mindfulness meditation stayed focused on a task for longer.
These workers also remembered details of their tasks better than their peers who did not practice meditation.
Moreover, one review concluded that meditation can even reverse patterns in the brain that contribute to mind-wandering, worrying & poor attention.
Even meditating for a short period can benefit you. One study found that four days of practicing meditation may be enough to increase attention span.
Several types of meditation can build your ability to redirect & maintain attention. As little as four days of meditation may have an effect.