Divergent Focus vs Convergent Focus: What’s the difference?
By increasing our connection with a Higher Self, we learn how to direct our mind to different areas of the body, different energy centers, and even new sources of light, information, love, and wisdom through meditation and other breathing exercises.
Many people believe that developing this attention requires years of dedicated work, but the truth is that there is a simple technique to greatly boost your awareness quickly simply by managing how to concentrate your mind. In fact, understanding how to actively direct your mind is one of the most important skills for becoming free and gaining self-liberation.
Divergent Focus vs Convergent Focus
When we think of attention and concentration, we usually think of convergent focus. It is the focus of our attention on specific things or concepts. You are functioning with convergent focus whenever you sit down to accomplish a task at work, communicate a concept, or even look at something in the physical world. Your focus narrows (converges) on a certain frequency of energy that you see, hear or otherwise perceive in the physical world.
Divergent concentration, on the other hand, is the act of expanding your attention in order to experience a higher awareness of energy rather than physical substance. Divergent focus, in some ways, implies a scattering of your consciousness because you aren't focused on any single thing, but I think it's better to think of it as a focus on space, stillness, or energy.
While Western science has just recently begun to accept these concepts, many old yogic and Buddhist traditions have been using them for centuries. You may engage with these distinct types of attention and raise your overall degree of awareness with a simple activity.
How To Excercise Divergent and Convergent Focus
To begin experiencing these diverse moods, sit in a comfortable position and direct your attention inward.
Step 1: Take a few moments to focus your attention on your breath, as you might do during meditation. Choose a specific location in your body via which your breath will pass for this exercise. For instance, you may utilize the Vipassana technique of focusing on the place where your breath enters your nostril.
Step 2: Maintain this place of focus for a few more breaths. As you begin to relax, turn your attention away from the breath and into a sense of silence, tranquility, or space that comes with it.
Step 3: Your focus relaxes as you focus on stillness, emptiness, or a sense of serenity, and you begin to shift your attention away from the physical world. As you do so, you will naturally shift from a sense of convergent focus to a sense of divergent focus.
Step 4: Allow your focus to return to your body after a few moments of resting in the spaciousness you feel. Concentrate once more on the physical point you chose earlier. Concentrate your attention on your breathing.
Then, relax your attention and broaden your focus once more. Repeat the process after a few moments with a more open outlook. Alternate between these two points for at least 15-20 minutes.