Motivation. Attention. Concentration. If you’ve never struggled with them, what’s your secret? For the rest of us, they can be an endless challenge in a world that’s fighting for all three from a dozen places at any time. Sometimes – quite often, in fact – our brains require a little help.
This help can take many forms. We switch off our phones, block out our calendars and seek out secluded locations where we can focus, uninterrupted, on tasks that require our full presence and attention. But the human brain works in mysterious ways and even our best efforts at conducting our minds directly to the task in hand (and keeping it there!) can fail dismally.
“We all have these natural brain cycles when we're focused on any activity and there are times when, especially if you're a creative person, you might just kind of tune out for a while,” explains Lyz Cooper, co-founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy. Through her practice, she has come to understand that the brain must travel through different states in order to be at its most productive. “Daydream states are necessary for optimum brain health,” she adds. “I call it ‘screensaver mode’.”
For Lyz, sound and music have the ability to take the human mind into productive, resting and creative places, and the three are inextricably linked. The key to sustained attention and focus, it seems, is not in maintaining a single level of attuned consciousness but cycling through many cadences. And this choice of words is deliberate, as Lyz is respected around the world for her Consciously Designed Music™.