Levels of focus and attention


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I wanted to share the depth and levels of absorption described by some meditative practices.
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The breath is simple, that simplicity has enormous expansive qualities when we develop focus.
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Sheila Catherine calls them jhanic factors.
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“These five jhanic factors and the hindrance they overcome are:
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(1) the ability to direct the attention to a chosen object overcomes dullness;
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(2) the capacity to sustain the attention on the object overcomes doubt;
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(3) feelings of delight, rapture, and interest that arise through the concentration accrued by sustained attention overcome aversion;
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(4) pervasive feelings of happiness, peace, contentment, and joy overcome restlessness; and
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(5) the stability of single-pointed focus overcomes lust and greed.”
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