The Heart of Meditation: Focus!

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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, instead of remaining trapped on the surface, you automatically strengthen your ability to hold subtle states in meditation and to find 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 in that 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 perfecting your golf swing.
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Learning to resist distraction makes you more resistant to boredom, worry, and depression, more grounded and less prone to be driven by untamable fantasies.
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That is why there is no substitute for this basic practice for dealing with the mind and no way you can dispense with it, any more than an athlete can dispense with his or her warm-ups.
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