What is the Japanese Focus Technique?

By Ishika

12 February, 2024

The Japanese focus technique, known as “Zanshin,” emphasizes a state of relaxed awareness and concentration.


Here’s how to practice it in four steps:

Find a quiet and comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed. Sit or stand in a relaxed yet alert posture, ensuring your body is comfortable and your spine is straight.

1. Preparation:

2. Breathing Awareness:

Begin by focusing on your breath. Take slow, deep breaths, and observe the sensation of the air entering and leaving your body. Allow your breath to anchor you to the present moment.

Expand your awareness to include your surroundings. Notice sounds, sensations, and any thoughts that arise without judgment. Maintain a broad awareness while staying centered in the present moment.

3. Expanded Awareness:

4. Focused Attention:

Choose a specific point of focus, such as your breath, a visual object, or a mantra. Direct your attention fully to this focal point, allowing all distractions to fade away. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your chosen focus without criticism.

By practicing Zanshin, you can cultivate a state of mindful awareness and sharpen your focus, enabling you to approach tasks with clarity and concentration.