Trying to focus on one subject at a time may appear impossible to some people, and it is. But there is an alternative approach that is gaining popularity. It is referred to as ichigyo-zammai, a Japanese term that basically meaning complete focus on a single action.
In his book “Beginner’s Mind,” Japanese Zen Master Sunryu Suzuki presents this idea. The truth is that Ichigyo Zammai isn’t really famous. It’s really just a matter of reminding to breathe intentionally and centre yourself before performing any activity. Then, while we engage in the activity, we make a commitment to being fully present and dismiss all of the chances to be distracted and diffuse.
No matter how many times our thoughts flow, we gently and joyously come back to our present time. The joy of taking a slow drink follow by the warmth of the tea on the fingers holding the cup, the heat rising from it, and the strong aroma of tea filling the breath. How long ago did you become aware of all of it?
The theory put out by Ichigo Zammai is basic. It says that if you are currently drinking tea, you should just focus to do so. This is a great Japanese Technique for Concentration’s formula.