Psychology — 17 December 2012
Meditation is an extremely profound practice and many different methods exist, and all have the same underlying purpose: to enable the mind to remain peacefully and uninterruptedly in a stable state of one-pointed concentration over an extended period of time.
In order to lay the foundation for developing the concentration abilities which are at the heart of calm abiding meditation, we should begin by exploring the nature of distraction to determine what it consists of and how it arises. There are two main categories of distraction: inner and outer. Outer distraction refers to disturbances in the physical environment, such as sounds. Inner distraction can take many feelings, such as anger, jealousy and fear. Actually, it is possible to go to the stages of awareness.
One begins by learning to sit still for periods of ten, twenty or thirty minutes, gradually extending the duration of one’s meditation sessions. The ability to remain in a state of complete absorption is considered to be extremely advanced, but even in the early stage, the meditator’s mind is like a wild horse, so one should learn to sit quietly and practice calm, observing the flow of arising and passing thoughts which are like the movement of fleeting clouds in a clear sky.