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Concentrating - the flip side

posted 2 Feb 2017, 22:25 by camelia chinmayashakti   [ updated 4 Feb 2017, 14:16 ]
Concentration - the flip side

In mindful meditation we practise flexibility of mind - moving from awareness of one sensation or thought to another forever vigilant for the changing state of mind and shifting sensations. One mistake I have done which I would like to share to caution against is concentrating  focusing on one sensation or thought. In a different form of meditation where the thought might be very positive or uplifting like in a prayer or working with symbols of god or energy like mandalas for example concentration might be good and helpful. But in mindful meditation coming back to difficult memories or sensations like chronic pain can actually connect the body and mind in unnecessary ways in training fight or flight responses. Avoid methods of meditation that train concentration. Move from one sensation or thought onto the next. From one beautiful color to the next. If you are really mindful you will notice that what we call the breath is still a mental construct and is nothing more that a rich palette of sensations - be mindful of the richness and don't narrow down the experience of life to one pressing sensation or thought without proper guidance. 

Of course this note of caution does not concern the process of setting a vision for oneself or dealing with practical maters in the material workd but merely relates to the art of mindful observation and checking in with our state of being.