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Mindfulness Concentration Insight

 


Mindfulness practice has the potential to help us understand how the mind operates, namely how it causes pain and how it may be eased. 

Mindfulness requires a particular level of attention; without it, we can't fully notice the workings of the mind and become lost in our ideas about what's going on rather than experiencing it directly. 

Because concentration is the cornerstone for mindfulness practice, the activities described generally described as mindfulness have primarily been concentration exercises. From focusing to being aware. 


Most concentration exercises may also be used as mindfulness exercises in the following way: 


  1. After you've found that your mind has calmed down during concentration meditation, you may go on to mindfulness practice. 
  2. At first, this entails discreetly observing where the mind goes when it leaves an object of focus and naming these departures. 
  3. If your mind begins to construct plans during breath meditation, for example, you might make a mental note of “planning” and then restore your focus to the breath. 
  4. You can make a mental note of “judging” if you catch yourself thinking judgmental thoughts. 
  5. You can note "hearing" if your mind travels to other experiences, such as a sound in the room. 
  6. These notes are discreetly murmured in the background, while your primary focus is on your breathing. 
  7. If your mind becomes particularly calm, you can try letting go of the breath entirely as an anchor and allowing your attention to be drawn to whatever objects are currently occupying your attention—whether sounds, sensations of contact as you sit, emotions as they manifest in the body, or other experiences. 
  8. Because we allow the mind to be open to whatever enters our consciousness, this is frequently referred to as choice less awareness. 
  9. The mind is free to roam, but unlike during moments of mindlessness, we stay aware of what is now in our consciousness. 
  10. Allowing ideas and pictures to be objects of our attention is also conceivable, but because most of us become caught in them, this is typically only achievable during prolonged retreat practice. 


It's a fine art to strike the right balance between concentration exercise, in which we return repeatedly to a pre-selected object of attention, and mindfulness practice, in which we let the mind to dwell on diverse objects as they emerge. 


  • You can usually rely on the intensity of your attention to lead you. 
  • When your attention is strong, you might want to try mindfulness more. 
  • You may return to concentration exercise more when it is weaker and your focus is more fragmented. 
  • You'll probably alter whatever sorts of meditation you like as you build a structured practice schedule. 
  • Depending on what you've learned about the impact of each of them for you, you may want to focus on sitting meditation at times and mix in the body scan, walking, or eating activities at other times. 
  • You'll vary when you complete each one as a concentration or mindfulness practice, regardless of whatever style you pick. 

Because each person's intellect and life are unique, it's tough to prescribe a fixed pattern. However, here are some general rules. 


  • If you can only devote 20 minutes to formal practice on a less-than-daily basis, you'll probably prefer concentration practice because your mind won't have enough time to calm down. 
  • Because you'll notice more sessions in which the mind becomes concentrated if you can practice for longer amounts of time more regularly, you'll have more opportunity to add mindfulness practice. 
  • When your mind is busy or disturbed, even with more intense practice, you may be able to maintain attention for days or weeks at a time. 
  • During other times, though, you may start each meditation session with concentration practice, then extend your field of awareness to practice mindfulness—noticing where your mind moves or allowing your attention to rest on diverse mental objects—after the mind has settled a bit. 
  • The key to making these decisions is to be easy on yourself. There is no such thing as a "better" type of practice. 
  • Both disciplines, in the end, help us understand how our minds function and how we unintentionally cause misery to ourselves and others. 
  • There is also a lot of overlap between concentration and mindfulness practices—we may notice where our minds wander when we lose focus when we perform concentration practice, and we can still concentrate on the object at hand when we perform mindfulness practice. 
  • It's best not to stress too much about striking the right balance; with practice, you'll be able to detect which practices to prioritize at any given moment.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation here.



Meditative Double Arrowed Attention Yogic Gaze





Attention with two arrows (Witnessing). 


Witnessing is known as samyag darshan in Vedic science. This is a procedure in which you look both forth and yourself at the same time. 


When we stare at a tree, a star, a mountain, or an owl, something leaves our eyes, travels to the item, and then returns to us. 

  • We draw attention what comes out of our eyes in order to contact the object of perception. 
  • According to Ayurveda, attention occurs when prana leaves the body and conveys the vibration of consciousness to the object. 
  • As a result, awareness plus prana, or movement, equals attentiveness. 
  • One of the arrows extends and makes contact with the thing. 
  • A second arrow of attention should go inward, toward the core of our heart, to observe the observer at the same time. 
  • When you're gazing at something outside, gaze at the looker; watch the watcher; observe the observer at the same time. 
  • When the observer is observed, the watcher vanishes. Witnessing is the act of just watching without being watched. 

You acquire intimacy, or a relationship, with the object of perception as a result of that witnessing.



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So-Hum Meditation

 



We sit silently and monitor our breath in So-Hum meditation, much as we do in Empty Bowl meditation, but we add the sounds So on inhalation and Hum on expiration. (Only quietly; the noises are not spoken loudly.) 

It becomes light when music, breath, and consciousness come together. Every atom emits light and heat energy, which is a quantum wave, as we've seen. 

When we pay attention to our breath and begin to feel So-Hum, So-Hum with it, our breath transforms into a quantum wave that emits light. 

The third eye is where you may view the brightness of life. Expiration (breathing out) is the opposite of inspiration (breathing in). 

With its first breath, a child's existence reveals itself with inspiration. 

When someone dies, we refer to him as having expired. The air has been extinguished. The word hum implies "I" or "individual ego," as well as "He, the Divine." 

So, as So enters, life force enters, and Hum, ego, our finite personality, exits in the natural path of So-Hum meditation. 

That is what So-Hum meditation is all about. You are inhaling life when you inhale So. 

You are expelling ego and restriction as you exhale Hum. 

When So-Hum meditation is done correctly, it leads to the individual's unification with the global Cosmic Consciousness. 

You will move beyond cognition, time and space, cause, and effect, and so forth. Limitations will be obliterated. 

Your consciousness will empty itself, and because of that emptying, it will expand, bringing serenity and joy as a blessing.



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Empty Bowl Meditation

 

 

  • Sit comfortably and calmly on your knees with your hands up and open, as if they were empty bowls.
  • Open your mouth slightly and place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth.
  • Begin by focusing on your breathing.
  • Allow your lungs to breathe naturally without exerting any effort. Simply observe the flow of your breath. Inhale deeply.
  • Take a deep breath out. Air contacts the inside of the nostrils during inhalation.
  • Keep an eye on your breath. Exhalation causes air to pass through the nose once again.
  • The air coming in feels chilly, while the air leaving feels warm.
  • Let your mental focus enter your nose for a fraction of a second! Sit in the nostril and observe your breath: ingoing, outgoing, ingoing, outgoing, ingoing, outgoing.
  • Allow your lungs to do their thing. You're just sitting there, watching.
  • After five minutes, pay attention to your breathing.
  • When the lungs inhale, the air travels through the nose, the back of the throat, the trachea, the lungs, the heart, and the diaphragm.
  • Deep down beneath the belly button, you will come to a complete stop.
  • The breath comes to a halt for a fraction of a second. Stay at that halt, then track the breath as it reverses direction as the lungs exhale.
  • Come up via the diaphragm, heart, lungs, trachea, and throat, back to the nose, and out of the body. Exhalation pushes air out of the body until it reaches about nine inches in front of the nose, when it comes to a second stop.
  • Stay at that stop for a while longer. The importance of these two stops cannot be overstated.
  • The first halt is behind the belly button, and the second is in space beyond the body. Because time is the movement of breath, time stops while your consciousness rests in these two pauses.
  • Because thought is the movement of breath, when the breath ceases, the mind also stops. You just exist without a body, a thought, or a breath when the mind falls quiet.
  • You will become an empty bowl in that pause, and when you become an empty bowl, holy lips will touch you. God will come to you and lavish his love on you.
  • You don't have to look for God because God is looking for you. God has been looking for an empty bowl to fill with his love since the beginning of time.
  • But there's desire, ambition, business, competitiveness, success, and failure in every bowl. Simply sit calmly and remain at the halt. That halt is a door. Simply open the door and leap into the abyss below.
  • You will be surrounded by an incredible sense of tranquility and quiet. Morning and evening practice this meditation for 15 minutes each.
  • You will finish your time in the pauses organically growing over the days, weeks, and months until, finally, inner and exterior will combine, and everything will happen within you.

NOTE: You may do this meditation in a prone posture if it is more comfortable for you.




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Mental Discipline is Key to Meditation

 


Meditation is a practice that unifies the body, mind, and awareness. Meditation makes life a blossoming delight of beauty. Life without meditation is a jumble of confusion and deception. Meditation was formerly thought to be a way of life in ancient times.

True, meditation is not distinct from daily life, yet we must practice techniques, methods, and systems as a discipline. Once we have learned a kind of meditation, we carry that discipline with us in all aspects of our lives. It, whatever approach you choose, whatever system you follow, please do so in accordance with your teacher's instructions.


But, exactly, what is meditation and what isn't? 

Meditation is not the same thing as focus. We restrict the mind when we concentrate, and a restricted mind is a narrow mind. To explore into any subject, solve difficulties, learn a language, or fly an aero plane, we need that constrained, focused, concentrated intellect. We require it. However, this is not the case with meditation.

We develop a wall of resistance when we concentrate, and we lose energy when we try to regulate our thoughts. Some individuals meditate in this manner for an hour and then feel exhausted, denying everything, saying no to all ideas and perceptions, and attempting to focus the mind. Meditation, on the other hand, is all-inclusive, whereas concentration is all-exclusive. Meditation is a state of open, non-choiceful consciousness. Everything is ok.

Meditation allows you to say yes to everything, whereas focus allows you to say no to everything. It is essential to concentrate. There is an effort creator everywhere there is effort. The ego is the one who creates the effort. 


Concentration feeds the ego, which is the creator of the effort. 

The more concentrated you are, the more ego you will have. There is no effort and no effort-maker in meditation. As a result, there is liberty. You're simply sitting calmly, listening to everything, whether it's a bird's song, a child's scream, or the rustle of leaves.

Every sound is appreciated. Allow any sound you hear to come to you. When you listen to the music, you become the focus, and the sound rushes toward you, wanting to meet with you. 

You become the center when you listen to any form of sound without judgement, criticism, loving or rejecting it. All sounds rush toward you, attempting to melt into you. 

Pay attention to the sound. Allow yourself to get swept away by it. Don't fight it. Then something extraordinary happens. 


You're left with nothing. You revert to a state of silence and pure existence. Allow a breeze to flow through you when it comes your way.

There will be no opposition if there is no effort. Keep in mind that silence is not the opposite of sound. Every sound fade into silence. Sound comes to meet you and melt into you because you are that serenity. Look at any item, such as a tree, a lawn, or even a wall.

There is no judgement, no choice in the gaze, only choiceless observation. Listening and gazing are both acts of awareness. There is no need for effort or attention. Concentration comes naturally when you're conscious when you're meditating. It has been presented to you as a present. However, you lack meditation when it comes to focus and decision-making.

Thinking ends, breathing quietens, and one just existing as pure awareness in extended, empty consciousness. There is a lot of happiness, beauty, and love in that condition. When individual awareness joins with Cosmic Consciousness, one transcends space and time. It makes no difference whether the eyes are open or closed in such state.

Because this state is your genuine nature—love, happiness, beauty, and awareness—it arrives as a breeze without invitation. Fear, despair, anxiety, worry, and stress are all absent. Anxiety, worry, and tension become visible to the observer.

Healing takes place in that condition. This is what discipline is all about. 


Discipline denotes learning, and a disciple is learning. 

As a result, we must master the skill of discipline. Discipline entails placing things in their proper places.

Thought has its proper place, desire has its proper place, job has its proper place, and duty has its proper position. Our lives become more harmonious when we practice discipline. As a result, discipline and meditation complement each other. There is no meditation without discipline, and there is no meditation without discipline. They are one and the same.


Meditation trains the mind to be disciplined.

A dominating mind is the so-called concentrated mind. A perplexed mind is in charge. A mind that is free, awake, and aware, on the other hand, is pleasant. That's a disciplined intellect you've got there. And life's scent is discipline. Life is never a celebration without that scent. Sit with your back straight as you meditate.

Sit in the Lotus stance if you're able (or Half Lotus if that is more comfortable for you). If it isn't comfortable, sit on a chair while maintaining your spinal column's upright position. You may expand the time you spend in the Lotus to one, two, or even three hours with consistent practice. Enlightenment will come quickly if one sits properly in a Lotus stance for three hours each day. The Lotus posture encourages the heart to expand. Breathing slows and ceases and thinking slows and ceases as well. Suffering is created by thinking, therefore going beyond thinking is going beyond suffering.


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Yogic Techniques to Improve Concentration


Psychic, Powers, Superhero, Magic, Eyes


TRATAK (STEADY GAZING). 


A candle flame, the moon, a dazzling star, a mandala, a beautiful flower, or the eyes of a portrait of your guru or a saint are all examples of external objects to which the gaze is focused without blinking and with entire focus. 

To practice tratak on a photo of your guru, Jesus Christ, Krishna, or a saint, sit in a comfortable and relaxed position and hold the photo of your choosing at eye level and one arm's length in front of you. 

With your eyes open, stare at it steadily with full concentration and interest for a minute or two, then close your eyes and envision the face and eyes of the Master, guru, or saint you've been staring at. 

By envisioning these Masters in your spiritual eye, you can tune in to their consciousness. Within the lotus of your heart, feel their presence, love, joy, light, and vitality. 

Remember, no matter how much love you have for the personalized image (saint, guru, deity, etc. ), the object of devotional concentration should always be regarded as just one expression of God, lest we lose sight of the unity that exists behind the multiplicity of manifestations — the un-manifested godhead, that which is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. 

We must move beyond personality worship and form worship to attune to the divine Consciousness that gives and manifests love, light, joy, and knowledge via the form of personality. 



JAPA 


Japa is the practice of repeating any of God's Names in order to cultivate devotion and focus the thoughts on Him. Repetition can be done aloud, in hushed tones, or silently to oneself. Japa is commonly performed using mala beads or a rosary that contains 108 beads. 

The number 108 has special meaning since ancient yogis calculated that a normal individual takes 21,600 breaths in 24 hours; 200 times 108 = 21,600. One hundred and eight is also a spiritual number, as it is divisible by nine. When done with attention and a total surrender to God, mental japa prepares the mind for profound meditation. 

Consistent japa practice cleanses the mind and redirects the flow of attention away from extraneous objects and toward God. Sit in a comfortable meditation position and focus on the heart chakra (anahata) or the space between the brows (the spiritual eye) to practice japa — see page 86. 

The mind may be readily controlled by focusing the thoughts and closing the eyes on the inner spiritual eye. In your right hand, hold your japa mala or rosary. Hold the first little bead next to the bigger sumeru bead between your right thumb and middle finger and recite your mantra once with focus. Continue with the next little bead, repeating the mantra. 

Continue working your way around the mala, one bead at a time, until you've completed all 108 mantras. When you return to the sumeru bead, do not cross it to begin the following round; instead, turn the mala and start from the last bead before the sumeru.



KIRTAN 

Kirtan, or chanting, is a powerful tool for channeling and focusing the mind's energy inward toward God. Chanting devotional songs stimulates the heart's innate love and dedication. 

It has the potential to arouse in us a desire to know and be closer to God. It provides us a taste of the Self, which is happiness. Chanting also promotes feelings of love, joy, and serenity. 

Ask yourself, "Who am I chanting to and why?" before you begin to chant. 


Chanting is half the fight


This is crucial if you want to transcend your ego. When we chant, we should experience the presence of the Lord in our hearts. 

Chant with love and dedication, and focus your thoughts solely on God. Listen carefully to the lyrics and experience the chants' energy and vibratory force as you chant. 

Concentrate on the spiritual eye (ajna chakra) or the heart chakra with your eyes closed. 

Begin by chanting aloud, allowing the words and rhythms of the chant to fill your body and mind, then progressively lower the volume while increasing the inner experience of the chant until you reach the super-conscious level, when you may transform internal vibrations into spiritual realizations.

These encouraging remarks from a great Master are a fantastic source of encouragement for anybody who is really looking for God.



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