A 3-Part Focused Attention Meditation Series

Explore this guided meditation series from founding editor Barry Boyce to gently work with your wandering mind.

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One key aspect of mindfulness is the ability to calm and focus the mind. By bringing your attention back to the breath each time you feel your mind wandering during meditation, you can strengthen the brain’s ability to focus over time.

Cultivate greater attention with these short meditations from our Editor-in-Chief Barry Boyce.

If you have one minute for meditation, try this: Tune into your natural awareness:

In mindfulness practice, you’ll often hear the term “natural awareness.” By natural awareness, we mean the awareness that just comes with being a human being. It’s free from judging and characterizing—it’s just noticing and sensing the world.

So, the simplest awareness that just comes as part of the equipment of being alive, without a lot of filters around it or judgments. You can trust that it’s always there.

  A One-Minute Meditation to Focus the Mind 1:00 Settle into your seat. Begin by taking a seat, or if necessary, standing. The important thing is to feel where your body is touching the seat and touching the ground. Scan the body. Sense where your bottom is touching the seat. Sit up straight or stand straight but not stiff. Make sure your feet are…

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Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce is Founding Editor of Mindful and Mindful.org. A longtime meditation practitioner and teacher—as well as a professional writer and editor— he is the editor of and a primary contributor to The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life. Barry also worked closely with Congressman Tim Ryan, as developmental editor, on A Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution. Barry serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for a Mindful Society and the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto as well as on the advisory board of Peace in Schools, in Portland, Oregon.