Attention is a state of conscious presence, most important for those who want to achieve a better state of awareness. This ability can and may be constantly trained. As known, the individual degree of focusing capacity differs from person to person. For example, we enter a room, stay there for a few minutes, and once we leave it, we can remember very little of what we’ve seen inside the room. This is an example of a lower degree of attention. The more we develop the capacity for observation, the more we increase the state of attention.
There are no limits and there are no specific targets. This is a state of watchful presence to 360 degrees, which can vary in duration, amplitude, and intensity. Concentration is one’s ability of focusing his/her attention on one specific point. We can train our concentration in keeping us engaged in a technique, in performing a task, or fixing the mind on solving a determined problem (in this case, I recommend the practice of pondering).
Exercising our attention in our everyday life – being aware of our gestures, actions, words, thoughts and emotions (our own and others’ emotions), as well as environments and situations – related to the development of concentration (“trained” through meditation or while learning something intentionally), is the best and most effective way to achieve a higher degree of awareness. Through such education, this state becomes natural and spontaneous, and we achieve the rare ability of focusing intentionally on everything that surrounds us.