Concentration: Excerpt From: Catherine, Shaila. “Focused and Fearless.”

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“Concentration brings with it a natural joy that arises as the mind settles and is absent of distraction.
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A surgeon may love surgery, not because the operating room is a pleasant place to be, but because the task demands such complete attention that the mind is filled with the delight associated with concentration.
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Kayakers are often enveloped in rapture even though their bodies are cramped in little boats and splashed by frigid water.
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A concentrated mind is focused, unified, and stable, regardless of whether the conditions are uncomfortable or luxurious.
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In the Pali language of the early Buddhist scriptures, samadhi is the term that has most often been translated into English as “concentration,” yet samadhi describes something more than the narrow focus implied by “concentration.”
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It is a calm unification that occurs when the mind is profoundly undistracted.
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Samadhi is the beautiful state of an undistracted mind, described in the Pali texts as “internally steadied, composed, unified, and concentrated.
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These four qualities indicate that samadhi is not merely focused on a single object.
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It is a state of profound serenity that encompasses a balanced, joyful composure, expressing the natural settledness of undistracted awareness.
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on September 23, 2015 at 2:29 am

    I have this book and the comment about the” joy of concentration” makes so much sense, and why I particularly love data entry, In my own zone, mindful, nothing but data, quietly entering. Peaceful calming, joy in its simplicity of focus. Amazing. Mindfulness.

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