How to Develop Concentration

    In our last post, we explored the need to develop powers of concentration in a society which overwhelms us with demands for our attention and leaves us feeling “scattered.”

    Here are four steps to practice your powers of concentration:

    1. Choose a simple object to focus on such as your breathing or a candle flame and decide upon a period of time that you will focus on it. Settle your awareness on it with an attitude of relaxed attentive receptivity.

    2. Recognize whenever your attention wanders to anything other than your point of focus. Make note of what your attention wandered to and accept it without self-criticism.

    3. Release your wandering thought, feeling, or sensation. Instead of following your train of thought, let it go so it recedes into the background. If it’s important, you can go back to it later.

    4. Return to your point of focus. Return as many times as you need to.

    Practice for a few minutes daily and you’ll grow your ability to concentrate. You may also find yourself feeling more deeply relaxed, focused, and whole. You may be amazed at the positive effects in your life.

    Kevin

    Kevin Schoeninger

    P.S. If you are interested in an excellent introduction to “The Secrets of Meditation” click here.

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