Meditation techniques for concentration- another tool in our Toolbox
Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual focuses their mind on a particular object, thought or activity to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. But where do we begin and exactly how do we accomplish this? Meditation techniques for concentration is another tool we need in our Toolbox to reach our goals, to
find the inner peace we all wish for.
No one just leaps into a mediative state unless they are experienced. We get experience by learning and practicing the fundamentals. Think of this as a beginner class you are taking just to find out a little information.
I’ve discussed Mindful breathing (Review here) and next up is concentration. Let’s begin by looking at:
- Thich Nhat Hanh
- Guided Mediations
- Using our two tools
Thich Nhat Hanh
Thích Nhất Hạnh’s approach has been to combine a variety of teachings of Early Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhist traditions of Yogācāra and Zen, and ideas from Western psychology to teach Mindfulness of Breathing and the Four Establishment of Mindfulness, offering a modern light on meditation practice. Thích Nhất Hạnh is often referred to as
Thầy “master; teacher” or as Thầy Nhất Hạnh by his followers.
Concentration simply means focusing on something, whether it’s your breathe, a flower or a body part. It’s recommended that you choose an object where you don’t have to scan
your eyes. If you get distracted by your thoughts, simply return your focus back to the object. I personally have found that having music in the background helps to keep thoughts centered and with the object you are concentrating on. Allow the thoughts to pass without giving them any attention.
Start with a very short amount of time and as you develop and grow, add to the time of concentration. Think of it as looking through a magnifing glass, taking in the details. If stressis what I wish to remove, I visualize and see myself erasing the word stress, slowly, carefully and completely. It should be a total mind and body experience.
As you now know, meditation is a ongoing process in which we can explore objects, feelings and work toward inner healing. I like to use my meditation for sorting thru the
issues, on at a time. The important thing is to use mediation as a way for finding greater control and finding peace with who we are.
Using our first two tools together
Breathing is the beginning and the end. Concentration leads is into an awareness that we control our own minds and body. Practice with these two tools. I often think of
meditation and relaxation as the same. Some of my most peaceful and best sessions are a result of only using mindful breathing to trigger my mind and body intuse a o the concentration mode. I often use music to set the tone for what I wish to accomplish. For example, to float and allow a clear and calm
feeling, I often use Native American Flute music. Or if I wish to focus on a particular issue, I’ll go with binaural beats, usually with furniture music as my concentration
So, for our last “session”, lets’ all sit crossed legged on the floor and have a few OMMMM chants, throw in a few I AM’s… Just kidding, that is not my idea of relaxing or meditating. Get comfortable and begin with your breathing and when you are ready, move deeper into concentrating on the music. Allow thoughts to come and go as they will, giving them no hold over you.
As always allow yourself a few last mindful breaths to bring you back to the here and now.
Mindful concentration is essential for our toolbox. We breath, naturally. We should develop concentration to the same level, it should be a natural part of ourselves. Continue to practice just a few minutes each day and slowly increase the time as you proceed.
Next tool for our toolbox is Mindful and Awareness of our Body. Give this tool some thought and research Remember to practice your concentration and meet me here later. Click the email icon and I’ll be glad to send you a short message letting you know when I post.
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