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Meditation techniques to improve concentration

The cultivation of calm or tranquility and the development of concentration
Calahand
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Meditation techniques to improve concentration

Postby Calahand » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:32 pm

Hi guys ,
I am a student and I always have trouble reading books for some reason. I decided to be mindful when I am reading my textbooks and I found out that as soon as I open my book, and start reading, after 2 sentences or so, my mind reels with other thoughts, goes to some funny event in the past, or some scary event in the future, or fantasizes about something, or does something else. I keep bringing it back, but a minute later, boom, there it goes again, it just gets frustrating sometimes. After 15 mins, I say enough, and go do something else, but then I suffer because I waste time that could be utilized to study. I was wondering if you guys could give me any better meditation tips or advice for me to help me be more productive when I am studying, your help is much appreciated :namaste: thanks.

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Re: Meditation techniques to improve concentration

Postby Stephen » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:40 pm

Mindfulness is our greatest treasure, but I recently received advice from a wise friend on a method that can help us maintain mindfulness during most any activity. Usually if we're not really thinking about it, we forget that we are a process (aggregates undergoing constant change), and perceive ourselves as a static "thing".

One useful thing to do is to train your mind to remain aware of your breath, no matter what you are doing. Being aware of the breath helps you remain aware that you are a process; this breath is life, without it the process ends and so do you.

It's pretty simple, but it has a subtle and profound effect. It comes fairly naturally to me because my preferred method of meditation is observance of the breath, but I don't think it would be difficult for you. Depending on you, it might also make activities you dislike seem less distasteful. The reason for this is that in remaining aware of the breath, that you are a process and not a static phenomena, you are distancing yourself from your "self".
The "self", which is a construct of the mind, is non-self. It is not us, and we are not it. This self blinds us to reality; it is our Mara, our Satan, our Hades. Cast it out and behold the path to freedom.
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Re: Meditation techniques to improve concentration

Postby PeterB » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:59 pm

Nicely put Stephen. Another good thing about the breath as an object is that from first to last its portable..

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Re: Meditation techniques to improve concentration

Postby Calahand » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:55 pm

hmm I guess, but its definitely not that easy for me, but will keep trying, thanks.

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Re: Meditation techniques to improve concentration

Postby acinteyyo » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:41 pm

Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: Meditation techniques to improve concentration

Postby Ben » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:03 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
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but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Meditation techniques to improve concentration

Postby nathan » Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:10 pm

Its possible to develop better concentration by doing memory exercises. Take some poetry or other short texts of around four lines and repeat them over and over until you can remember them at will throughout the day. Then repeat this with a new text. If you spend twenty or thirty minutes on that every morning and then recollect the passage throughout the day several times it will do a lot to develop a basic foundation for concentrating your mind. Once you develop the basic skill you will be able to use it for other purposes, everything from study to school to sports.

For getting better focused at reading, search for books that can hold your attention, topics that interest you or some kind of fiction that will hold your attention and start with that.
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Meditation techniques to improve concentration

Postby BlackBird » Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:54 am

I would suggest letting go of all expectations. When you build expectations, you're planting the seeds of future turmoil.

Before we can apply the right medicine, we first have to know what the cause of our problems are, this can only come from a clear comprehension of things. Developing clear comprehension takes time, effort and patient endurance, but it will help you to gain insight into what you need to do.

There's no quick fix or magic bullet. So just keep up the meditation, over time things will become clear.

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