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Techniques for Training your Attention
There seems to be three levels of excitation of the mind: Course excitation, medium excitation, and subtle excitation. We have to work through these in our meditation practice, with the first one, course excitation seeming sometimes an insurmountable barrier.
With course excitation – we completely lose touch with the object of meditation. The mind is abducted against its will, thrown into the drunk of a distracting thought or sensory stimulus. [Often known as monkey brain…sometimes even gorilla brain.]
- Keep working on it. Persistent skillful practice, cultivating deep relaxation and inner ease is the way to master it.
- Eventually the mind will begin to calm down with brief periods of sustained attention…only to lose it again.
- Then you experience occasional periods of continuity, mind still wanders…thoughts and sensory distractions. Occasionally you may remain centered, but still move back into course excitation…completely forgetting the object of your meditation.
- When you can occasionally maintain continuity of awareness of bodily sensations for about a minute…achieved second stage …continuous attention.
- It’s important not to lose the sense of relaxation while working on maintaining continuous attention.
The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind, B. Alan Wallace, PH.D., Wisdom Publication, 2006.
This series of blogs is related to a book I am reading by B. Alan Wallace. I will be sharing my thoughts and findings as I go through it…feel free to visit me on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elaine-Scribner-Author/349499848483126 to pose me any questions or thoughts. My intention/hope is that I can post 2-3 times each week as I work my way through the book…so come back and visit me.
Living Joyously Tip for the Day:
When monkey brain attacks…just breathe. When the gorillas get going…breathe again