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Passive Concentration

Posted Jan 09 2010 7:53pm
Passive Concentration
Sound like a contradiction in terms? After all, doesn't concentration need to be active? Well, only sometimes, especially for linear, logical tasks like math and reading. If you want to relax, then passive concentration is essential. How do you do it? Well, in a few words you allow sensations, images and thoughts to just float on by...just notice them and let them a leaf floating by you on a stream. You don't hold on to anything that your attention is drawn to...just let it go. This kind of concentration is great to develop anytime you want to relax now and then. The other day I was feeling stressed, paying attention to all the niggling thoughts in my mind. I went out to the front veranda and sat down. I looked up and saw in front of me a beautiful flower from the fuchsia plant we have hanging there. It was just being, it wasn't doing anything, just hanging there...and in that moment I realized how, if it could hang there just being, so could I! Just by seeing it, and with that realization, I was suddenly pleasantly relaxed. Now that is passive concentration - just a fuchsia flower.
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