CONCENTRATION

 
concentration

No matter how many stars are shining in the sky,
if there is no light in your own eyes, the world sinks into darkness.

Keep looking .

One day you will see”,

says the Master.

 
1. Focus on something you choose to observe with undivided attention: air as it passes through your nostrils, breathing (its length, temperature, rhythm. . .),
sensations in different parts of your body. . .
2. Resolve to focus on the object of your observation avoiding distractions.
3. If you are carried away by unrelated thoughts, feelings, or images, become aware of how much time passed from the onset of the distraction to the
moment of your becoming aware of it.
4. Return to your self-observation with a particular focus on detecting the start of your mind wandering away from the main object of your observation.
5. Try as much as you can to shorten the time of drifting into distractions and fantasy.
BENEFITS: Do not consider as distraction what can be only a short wandering away of your mind from the focus of your observation, especially if you become aware of it immediately.
The goal of this exercise is to sharpen your awareness to the point of detecting the first deviations and being able to resolutely return to the main object of your observation.
As you sharpen your awareness of the onset of distraction and your newly acquired capacity to return to your main object of observation as soon as possible, you will experience inner silence and tranquility of mind and emotions which would be hard to reach in any other way.
 
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