The Heart of Meditation: a kind of muscle

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Focus is a kind of mental muscle.
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When you strengthen it by learning to hold your attention in one place for a while,
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instead of remaining trapped on the surface,
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you automatically strengthen your ability to hold subtle states in meditation and to find the inner pathways that lead you deeper.
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Eventually this basic practice of catching yourself in distraction and bringing your mind back begins to affect your whole life.
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Not only does the mind become more stable in meditation—so that you can actually sit for a long time on the space of the heart or remain in stillness for longer than a moment—
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but the mind also acquires a new ability to focus on things like driving a car, writing a report, or performing your golf swing.
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