Focus, one mans journey

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Dissociation, ego, self, emotions, thoughts, awakening and enlightenment fill up books on meditation and mindfulness. Brain chemistry, neuroscience plots mind functions with functional MRI’s.
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We study how the mind works, how complex chemicals and functions of the brain influence behavior, wellbeing or suffering.
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The actual process of sitting (meditating) remains a mystery. Buddhists count their breaths, some use mantras,some guided meditation and some an emotion or intention.
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Focus for me is dramatically different. Counting was a disaster for me, thoughts flowed like the mighty Mississippi. First I designed a model (Breathing Track), concrete, a continuum and traceable.
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We need to build focus on the breath first to proceed. Next we bring in the other senses. With eyelids closed I look at my eyelids, my minds eye. Some see white light, some a fuzzy grey or maybe a somewhat brighter light. It does not matter.
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Observe it. Know it. Become it.   How? Quiet down and focus intently.
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Next listen. Listen for your heartbeat, the pulsation below your heartbeat or the sound emanating between your ears, inside your head.
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Next feel the smallest body sensations internally or muscular-skeletally. Find the stillness inside yourself. Slow your heart trying to stop it quietly just before passing out.
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Feel gravity weighing you down, the air entering your nostril as cool and exiting as warm. Entering filled with life force exiting with waste product.
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Our breath is our immediate life force, our connection between the internal and external worlds, the process which controls our nervous system.
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Focus is the key skill that facilitates wellbeing, healing, improving and happiness.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Laurie Schuler on May 18, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I really like the instruction to meditation in this post. Very helpful. Thank you Marty 😉

  2. Thank you Laurie

    The little details of practice the nuts and bolts are important

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