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Friday, February 22, 2008

Meditation - Category Concentration

Meditation is one of the Five Principles of Yoga. It is the practice by which there is constant observation of the mind. It requires you to focus your mind at one point and stilling the mind in order to perceive the self. Through the practice of Meditation you will achieve a greater sense of purpose and strength of will. It also helps you achieve a clearer mind, improve your concentration, and discover the wisdom and tranquility within you.

As a Beginner, you may have some hard time keeping your attention focused on one object in the beginner of your practice. To train yourself to pay attention, you can try narrowing your field of concentration to a category of objects first, where your mind still has a little of freedom of movement. Practicing Category Concentration Exercise will hone your mind down to a finer focus and teach you the principle of one-pointed concentration.

With eyes closed, imagine a garden with a different flower in each corner. Start by exploring the qualities of one flower. Then, when your mind grows restless, shift your focus to the flower in the next corner and so on. You should visualize each one clearly. By focusing on several objects, your mind is still given some freedom of movement. Gradually, you can train your mind to rest for longer periods of time on a single object.

1 comment:

Bryan said...

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