Focus and Concentration

Focused and Fearless by Shaila Catherine:

“Concentration brings with it a natural joy that arises as the mind settles and is absent of distraction.

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A surgeon may love surgery, not because the operating room is a pleasant place to be, but because the task demands such complete attention that the mind is filled with the delight associated with concentration.

Kayakers are often enveloped in rapture even though their bodies are cramped in little boats and splashed by frigid water.

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A concentrated mind is focused, unified, and stable, regardless of whether the conditions are uncomfortable or luxurious.


In the Pali language of the early Buddhist scriptures, samadhi is the term that has most often been translated into English as “concentration,” yet samadhi describes something more than the narrow focus implied by “concentration.”


It is a calm unification that occurs when the mind is profoundly undistracted.


Samadhi is the beautiful state of an undistracted mind, described in the Pali texts as “internally steadied, composed, unified, and concentrated.

These four qualities indicate that samadhi is not merely focused on a single object.


It is a state of profound serenity that encompasses a balanced, joyful composure, expressing the natural settledness of undistracted awareness.”

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rudid96 on March 28, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t think I’ll ever be able to attain that “beautiful state of an undistracted mind, described in the Pali texts….].” HOWEVER, I’ve been practicing breathing A LOT. That sounds silly when I reread what I’ve typed. Practice breathing? Following some of the shared suggestions and whispering some of the shared mantras while breathing. My therapist suggested medication for anxiety. That’s not a good personal fit. I much prefer other options such as Headspace, Calm, meditative breathing, etc.

  2. I can help with your meditation deepens and focus

    I used to reach some of those levels described in the book

    But have not dedicated

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