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Old 02-20-2017, 11:55 AM   #27
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Default Re: Tips for maintaining concentration

I'm a Grade 4 piper. I have competed a few times, best I ever got was 6th.

But I am a mother, and having 3 kids by natural childbirth does teach you a few things about focusing. In Lamaze, we're taught to fix our eyes on something small, like a knothole, or anything similar. If you can keep your eyes focused on a small immobile object, you can then concentrate on what you're doing, like breathing. I understand breathing is important in piping, too..

Whole point is if you focus your eyes first on some small, unmoving object, then your mind is free to concentrate on your fingers, and you're less likely to be distracted outside influences, like some bozo making faces at you, or somebody cutting between you and the judge, as I have seen happen....
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