Here comes another one of my theories. Another one of those theories inspired by intense, willful, conscious, and consistent deep thought upon a subject which seems to hold a dominant role in our lives.
Thus time my theory is based, on what I find to be an infinitely interesting and powerful subject, the subject of attention.
We could say that the combination if memory and attention, is without a doubt one of the main componemts of our human cognitive prowess.
Now my theory in a few words is as follows: Our attention is a muscle, and like any other muscle it can be trained to be made stronger.
Now, I know that this is definitely not the first time that a theory similar to these one has been proposed. Besides the fact that many people already believe and preach theories of the mind as a muscle, even without scientific evidence.
I don’t know how strongly science can defend this type of claims, but I am definitely sure that intuitive understanding and knowledge leads many people, like me, to absolutely take and believe this as an absolute truth.
And that is also my case. The only difference between the mainstream mind muscle believe and my belief, as held by my proposed theory, is that this people conceptualize the nature and mechanics of the muscles of the mind to be identical to the nature and mechanics of our skeletal muscles.
Meanwhile, I do not conceptualize the muscle of attention as being like any boat muscle. The point in which I agree with them is, that just as muscles, are capable of growing stronger after being stressed, so is our attention muscle capable of growing stronger after being stressed.
The one thing which differs between me and those who decide to conceptualize attention exactly as any skeletal muscle, is the fact, that I believe that the attention muscle is not influenced by genetics to the same extent that skeletal muscles are influenced by genetics.
A very significant part of the decision of how your muscles will be shaped, how strong they will be, how flexible, how explosive, and how much room they still have for growth is controlled by genetics.
Now, I’m not saying that genetics has absolutely no say over the attention muscle, but I am saying that attention is controlled much more by your own will, your own awareness, your own conciousness, and the environment in which you are placed or decide to place yourself.
So, in other words, what I feel is the main difference between us is the belief of how much power and control we have over the development process of this muscle.
Also, another interesting difference that arrives is that these people think, just as in the case of skeletal muscles, that the attention muscle (or muscles) has a limited range of growth. Meaning that after certain point there would be no more room for improvement.
I, on the contrary, believe that God has placed within us an infinite ability to continue to grow and strengthen the power of our attention muscle.
Now, after explaining how I might be different from the mainstream group of believers of mind is like muscle theories, I believe it would be beneficial to attempt to explain how exactly I perceive the muscle of attention and how we use it in our daily lives.
First, I believe that the muscle of attention can be easily seen in action and identified by thinking of, and looking at the example, of babies, which eventually become adults, as we all do.
Think of or look at any baby thats less than a year old. Just like his skeletal muscles are not very strong due to how little time he has been using them, so is the attention muscle not very strong due to the newborn going through his very first experiences in using this muscles.
As you can easily tell, the attention span of such a baby, is very very short and flunctuates very rapidly without much control from the baby. Due to this level of strength in the babies attention muscle, what he just saw a few minutes ago will very soon not even exist anymore for the baby.
This feature, of course, doesn’t last forever. As the baby gets to use his attention more and more, just like all his other muscles, he will strengthen it more and continue to get a stronger control over it. The stronger attention becomes, the longer things still exist after having seeing them and/or experienced them.
Through the years, and as the baby grows, he is then obviously forced (or more like required) by life to use his attention muscle every single day.
The more the attention muscle grows and develops the more the baby grows cognitively. Because of its nature, we tend to take for granted the simultaneous growth of body and mind.
We might be victims to the mistaken notion that the mind/brain grows and becomes stronger simply because of age or physical body growth.
Biological growth and development indeed has a very significant role, but people tend to neglect how the constant use of the attention muscle plays an unbelievably important role in the strengthening and growth of the attention muscle. For this reason, high stimulus is recommended for a healthy growth in the brain of a baby.
Now, just like all other muscles, the muscle of attention does not simply grow when we are children, but continues and can be stimulated to grow throughout our whole lives.
I believe memory, is only possible because of the strength of our attention muscle. Have you ever thought about how funny it is that no one of us remembers virtually anything of our first five years on this earth. And anybody who does remember something, tends to remember it in an extremely vague form.
I believe, as my theory leads me to think, that the reason why we do not remember anything is because of how weak our attention muscle was back then. But then as we use it and develop it more and more, we finally start to have an effective and extremely useful memory system.
The older we get the better our memory gets. Until a point, for some people, in which the muscle begings to biologically deteriorate, but don’t worry that’s very far towards the end side of life, and thankfully does not happen in an illful manner to everybody.
Nevertheless as you are young this muscle is, thanks to God in most cases, healthy and very willing to get some work, to be fed, and to continue to grow and develop as much as it is stimulated.
In relation to its functions, not only is this muscle imperative for the formation and storage of memory, it is also capable of providing a deep, intelligent, and profound understanding of reality to its master at any given moment in life.
This muscle, has the incredible ability to easily and simultaneously hold hundreds of objects, images, sounds, perceptions, feelings, thoughts, believes, sensations, and a million other things which it holds together to present outr conscious minds with what we call reality.
Now, it is interesting to know, that my theory implies that the stronger the attention muscle is, the more it can hold together at the same time in your conscious mind.There is Not only an increase in capacity for the muscle but also there is an increase of speed and ease to hold all these hundreds (perhaps millions) of components together.
Also, due to the strong link with memory, a stronger muscle also highly improves the quality of our memories, the capacity of our memories, and the lenght of time which we could hold on to the memory for.
For a common experience which could illustrate the link between the attention muscle and memory, we could think of a class in which all are listening but only half are truly paying attention, or better said, using their attention muscles to grasp everything that is going on. As anyone would agree, if given a quiz at the end of the class asking to explain everything learned, the ones who paid attention will undoubtedly have a lot more in memory than those who did not pay attention. Furthermore, those who laid attention and had a stronger than average muscle of attention will remember even more than everyone else.
Under my theory, the stronger your attention is, the more you can hold at the same time in your mind, and the more you hold at the sane time the more you see, the more you experience, the more you understand, the more you capture, the more aware you become, the more you learn, the more you understand and capture reality, and the more control you have over your world.
To conclude, and not make the article too long, I just want to express the last and extremely relevant observation which I propose for my theory of attention as a muscle of the mind.
My theory loudly preaches that attention is one of the most important muscles for survival. Under this theory attention is by far, excessively, stronger than any skeletal muscle.
With animals, survival of the fittest, would definitely mean fittest of skeletal muscle, but with us humans I believe survival of the fittest, would imply the fittest of brain power (of which the attention muscle is a major and fundametal part).
Therefore, a stronger muscle of attention, could only dramatically improve our lives and allow us to see more and deeper into reality.
So go out there and intentionally use your attention muscle. Use it much, intensely, and consistently, and after a while you’ll start to notice its growth and the powerful benefits which accompany it.
Never stop, there is no limit. Become more and more aware of it. Get to deeply know it, feel it, understand it, and continue to strengthen it to unbelievable levels. Until it become very easy to notice that you are definitely one of the fittest in the concrete jungle.