Wake up and control attention: these are our first two steps in the process of freeing yourself from stress and becoming resilient. The more you practice staying awake for as long as you’re able to whenever you do wake up, the more frequently it happens and the longer it lasts. Practice also shows you how easy it is to control attention once you have woken up from waking sleep, but you’ve probably found that the effect can be quite short-lived. The danger is in thinking that this is easier said than done and that you just can’t maintain your connection with the present, and then giving up. The fact is that attention will drift off as your mind looks for stimulation, but it is equally true that it will become ...

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