Candle Focus Meditation to Increase Concentration

What do a gymnast on the balance beam, an elderly patient modifying their gait pattern and a jazz musician improvising have in common?  CONCENTRATION

Single pointed focus is an essential skill to maximize the human potential with any activity, yet can be very difficult to achieve.  Concentration is so important, Patanjali made Dharana (Sanskrit for single pointed concentration) one of his 8 limbs of yoga.

Fortunately, through practice anyone can improve their ability to concentrate.  Below I describe a very easy exercise to practice concentration. It is best to practice after your physical yoga practice or some other physical activity to prepare both the mind and body.  Enjoy!

Flame Focus Meditation

Instructions:

  1. Light a candle in a dim, quiet room.  Set it on the floor or a low table. 
  2. Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position facing the candle. Allow the hands to either rest at heart center or on your thighs. Utilize any props to make your body comfortable in this position.
  3. Once comfortable, begin to focus your gaze on the flame.  Use all of your mental energy to focus on only this flame and keep the body perfectly still.
  4. Continue with perfect concentration for as long as you can.  Do not be frustrated if the single pointed concentration only lasts for a few moments initially.  Work up to 15 minutes over time.

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

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    Jan 20, 2012 @ 03:32:31

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    Feb 01, 2012 @ 16:57:44

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