Focus, a mental muscle… Wow!

Focus is a kind of mental muscle. 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 the inner pathways that lead you deeper.
Eventually, this basic practice of catching yourself in distraction and bringing your mind back begins to affect your whole life.
Not only does the mind become more stable in meditation—so that you can actually sit for a long time in the space of the heart, or remain in stillness for longer than a minute or two—but the mind also acquires a new ability to focus on things like driving your car, writing a report, or perfecting your golf swing.
Learning to resist distraction makes you more resistant to boredom, worry, and depression; more grounded; and less prone to being driven by untamable fantasies.
That is why there is no way you can dispense with this basic practice of dealing with the mind, any more than an athlete can dispense with his or her warm-ups.

Sally Kemptom

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by jennifertemp on June 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Ohhh this is good – looks like Van Gogh.

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