1. Concentration

The Elements of Meditation Practice 1 - Concentration
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Okay, so concentration. Concentration is a superpower. I mean, there's no doubt about it. It's It's a crazy superpower. You can have experiences in meditation, where you realize that whatever you pay attention to you become. So you pay attention to the calmness to the gentleness, the softness, the quietness of the breath, you've become filled with that sense of quiet and that sense of peace.

If you concentrate really strongly on a feeling of care for other people you eat that care infuses your whole body, you'll feel it in your you can feel it in your fingertips. It's concentration is about, you know, it's about choosing a direction in your experience to commit to and then just doing your best to stay with that direction. The more we commit to that direction, the more all the kind of parts of our tension, which are normally a little bit fragmented. All those like different programs that we have going like thinking about, you know, in the back of your head, email you didn't write This conversation you're gonna have with this person or whatever it is, it's like they all one by one, click, click, click, click, I mean turning off, you know, that's this is the ideal, we're talking about the ideal a little bit, they slowly start to come off and all your faculties converge into a single activity, the single activity of paying attention to one sensation, whether it's the feeling of the breath at the nostrils or in the valley, or the sense of the whole posture, sitting or sounds, and it's very peaceful, you know, the mind is a wonderful problem solver.

The mind is also a problem finder and a problem maker. So when the mind gets a little quieter, there's less problems. It really sometimes works out that way. And that's the beauty of a concentration practice. And that's why it's pretty much the common denominator of meditation practice and every tradition there's a version of a concentration practice. Over time, it can lead to more, one pointedness more stillness, more better ability to detect what's going on to because you get there's a discrimination quality that emerges.

Now, the reality is we decide we want to do this and we've got 15 programs going, we've got non stop inner chatter, we've got aches and pains and who knows what. So there is definitely a quality within the meditation practice of first of all being okay with all of that is the equanimity piece of saying, you know what, this isn't gonna be perfect. And here I am human being landed in this place, trying to do the best I can. So you just let yourself be okay with the fact that it's not going to be perfect. And then you just do the mind wanders, you realize it's wandered, you kind of have like a moment of you go, Oh, cool. I've realized that my mind was wandering, you have this positive response, and then you bring it back.

So the more you have that, cool, the more you're training your mind that it's okay to get distracted. And so as opposed to getting mad at yourself for happening, so the more you can have a friendly attitude of doing this, the easier it'll go But other than that, we don't have to make it more complicated than that. It's really just trying to pay attention to something. mind wanders, bring it back. So let's try to practice and then we can have some comments or some questions about it. Oh, why the bell must have a bell.

That would be really important. Forgotten meditation Oh,

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