How to avoid mental wandering during a lesson class

Dernière mise à jour : 7 oct. 2020

Mental wandering occurs usually when we have other ideas popping up. Taking notes is one way to write down our ideas so we can refocus again. According to specialists, meditation and mindfulness can help in avoiding mind wandering. Even if we think that the lesson is not important, we can try to be aware that the universe is sending us messages through these situations and words. We need to concentrate to figure out what knowledge can we produce from this lesson. For example, what we can do to focus is the following: We classify the message to three types:

1: Mindful message: Everything we receive from our interlocutor through our senses, instinct, and interest.

2: Textual message: The vocabulary used in the message we receive from our interlocutor.

3: Meaningful message: The specific meaning we give to the message we received from our interlocutor according to our cognitive, affective and conative capacities.

The explicit and implicit messages are not as important as the meanings we create ourselves. Nevertheless, even these meanings are not that important if we are not aware of our biases. What is important is to purify our understanding and the meanings we give, like poets who rewrite their lyrics until they produce a well shaped poem. The prouced knowledge matters when it is reshaped. In fact, poems touch everybody or matter not only thanks to the ability of poets as industrializers of knowledge but also because of their heart and intellect, artistic perfection, lofty idealism, freshness of inspiration, purity of spirit, power of observation, lyrical force, virility of ideas, talent of narration, sympathy, grace, love of truth and originality of imagination.

In the end, sharing materials and recorded conferences are the best way to come back to the missed messages received from our interlocutors. What do you think?


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