Like most of the lawyers who do not belong to a family of lawyers, Rajesh began his career as a junior to a very senior advocate. There was a lot of work and the pressure to perform kept mounting. Rajesh was indeed better than most of his classmates at the law school and as a junior lawyer too his dedication to work and his ability shined. And then just like all other lawyers who start as juniors to someone, Rajesh started his own practice. It is then that he realized that he needed to work on his concentration. His problem of mentally wandering away from one work to another had always been there, but now he had problem concentrating on the work at hand because all the time at the back of his mind he would keep thinking if by doing what he was doing he was neglecting some other more important work. He kept wondering if he should first work on that difficult law point that might hit his case in a matter posted relatively far off in time, or the case that he was working on needed his undivided attention and must be worked upon on priority basis because the date for the case was approaching fast.
He did not pay much attention to the problem in the beginning, but he gradually started noticing that he was wasting quite a lot of time thinking about prioritizing for no good reason. Even if his priorities were actually pre-determined, he would still be thinking about dealing with the more difficult things before moving to the relatively easier ones. So, when he was prioritizing on the basis of the available time, he was doing it on account of varying degree of complexities and difficulties involved. But prioritizing, he always was. Finally, during a casual conversation he happened to mention it to one of his friends, who suggested that Rajesh might be having difficulties with concentration and meditation could help him a great deal. He was not wrong.
This is not a unique problem. Most of us face it at some point of our lives. However, in some cases the problem starts affecting work and life a little too much, which is when one has to learn how to work out a way to concentrate better and get rid of the problem. The problem is closely related to one's mental restlessness. Most of the people who are creative in some way or whose work involves a great deal of intellectual activity tend to mentally organize their workflow and mental restlessness compels them to go back and analyze, rationalize revise the workflow over and over again. Meditation helps a lot in improving concentration and minimizing mental digressions. Meditation must be practiced right to obtain faster and surer results.
Meditation has not only been found to be helpful in improving concentration but the studies have also shown that it can effectively improve one's overall health, prevent diseases, accelerate personal growth and even reverse aging to some extent.
Time and some peace of mind are primary requirements. And discipline, of course. Lawyers are short on time and they may be tempted to work on a particular case or revise a statement to be delivered in the court or may find the idea of going through the last paragraph of that petition once more to be on the safer side. Yes, all of this is important but if other things keep hogging your meditation time, you would not be able to reap the rich dividends that the practice offers. So, one has to keep one's meditation time aside and allow nothing to interfere with it as far as possible.
The best time for meditation is early morning. It is also considered to be a good time for doing just about anything that involves application of mind. The good thing is that meditation makes one's mind better prepared to handle intellectually intense work better. Therefore, you could start with meditation early in the morning then slide into your routine work smoothly.
Meditation is most effective in the morning because one needs to silence one's mind and strip it of all the thoughts. This is done much better and with much lesser effort in the morning because one's mind is fresh and the routine thoughts of work and life are yet to start buzzing around.
It is also said that from the yogic viewpoint morning air is full of prana . The prana is the life force that not only sustains life but also promotes health and well being. Meditating during the small hours of the morning enables one to tap into this vital life force.
Another reason for practicing meditation in the morning is that the rays of the sun during morning hours create an environment that is most conducive to retrospection and a study of one's internal self. Besides, starting your day in peace with your inner self enables you to spend the rest of your day in tranquil and alert state of mind, which is very helpful for those involved in intellectual pursuits.
Patience is another crucial requirement. Meditation is not fast food. It does not promise or deliver instant results. It will not be easy to empty your mind of all the thoughts even in the morning hours. Therefore, one has to first work on the method, perfect it and then practice it with perfection day after day, months after months. Not that there would be no improvement. You are likely to notice improvement in concentration and might also experience newfound vigour. However, one must strive to progressively achieve greater mental control in order to obtain permanent benefits from meditation. Patience, therefore, is the key.
Selecting the technique
There are no shortcuts with meditation. One cannot achieve anything in lesser time through any 'speedier' process by jumping phases or stages. However, you can select your technique in accordance with your aims and aspiration with meditation. If you just want to improve your concentration and simply wish to enhance your productivity, there are easier techniques than the ones used by, say, those who have spiritual aspiration. Therefore, it is important that you gather all the relevant information about different techniques of meditation and then carefully select the one that suits your requirements best. You may also practice meditation under a seasoned practitioner for some time initially so that you could have the right start. A right start is very significant because starting off the wrong way may result in wastage of precious time and might also necessitate a certain amount of unlearning later.
Note: This is not a piece of authoritative medical opinion or advice.