There are times when our concentration is so profound the world diminishes into a background vagueness such that very little will let the world intrude upon us. Total concentration takes us to that place and can be a gift but can also be a bane or a danger. When we concentrate deeply we are likely to achieve the results we’re looking for and subsequently feel pride and a great sense of accomplishment. However, we may have sustained some injury or have missed some important signals that have changed things we care about or have changed the outcome of our efforts. Great and intense concentration is needed, though, to perform many tasks and to be able to connect our world’s many dots into an intelligent whole. With the pluses and the minuses having so much meaning it makes it very difficult to know or learn how to balance maximum concentration with enough peripheral awareness that you don’t get blindsided. Room should be made in the back of any concentrator’s mind to register anything awry on the sensory or subliminal level; with these back of the mind sentries in place you’re free to give all your concentration and the bulk of your attention to your current endeavor. This is not easy to do, but can be done with practice or necessity; parents get trained very rapidly. The benefits outweigh the effort of the learning process; total concentration is a magical tool with untold uses. Wouldn’t you like to learn to use a difficult tool for difficult tasks?