Focus meditations involve voluntary, sustained attention. This includes concentration practices such as maintaining attention on a single object, the breath, a part of the body, a visual image, or a word or phrase. When the attention wanders from this object, the goal is to recognize this as soon as possible and return attention to the original focus.
Studies examining brainwave patterns during Focus forms of meditation have found increased communication between the front and back of the brain and increases in activity in regions of the brain associated with sustaining attention and regulating thoughts or emotions.
Focus strategies can be very helpful for people struggling with cognitive issues such as attention, working memory, or distractibility.
Increase sustained attention
Reduce mind wandering
Improve concentration and focus
Improve cognitive self-awareness
Develop mental stability