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10 Concentration And One Pointedness

  1. 1. SELF- TRANSFORMATION<br />Theosophical Society in the Philippines<br />Concentration and One-Pointedness<br />Peace Center of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines, 1 Iba Street, Quezon City, Philippines. Tel. No. (632)741-57-40; Fax No. (632)740-3751; Email: tspeace@info.com.ph<br />
  2. 2. Concentration and One-Pointedness<br />Importance<br />The capacity to be focused is an important quality for both our inner life and our outer life. Without it, we cannot succeed in meditation or in our outer duties, responsibilities & career. Hence, whether we want to become more spiritual persons or just successful career persons, we need to develop one-pointedness.<br />
  3. 3. II. Concentration in Meditation <br />Before we can meditate successfully, we must have developed mastery over ourselves. Thoughts must be tools for us to use, not our masters. The average person is often a servant of his previously acquired thought patterns, and hence is led to where thoughts bring him.<br />Example: A person who is a habitual worrier will find that when he sits down to meditate, his mind automatically goes back to his worry. And that often is the end of his meditation. He is unable to control his mind to make it go where he wants it to go. <br />
  4. 4. II. Concentration in Meditation <br />Some exercises in concentration and attention. <br />
  5. 5. II. Concentration in Meditation <br />Close your eyes, and mentally count &quot;1&quot; as you breathe in, and count &quot;2&quot; as you breathe out. Feel relaxed as you do this, and let the pace of breathing slow down naturally. Just focus on the breathing and the counting. If your thoughts stray away, gently return back to your breathing. Watch your attention stray away, and then just patiently lead it back to your breathing. As you do this in a relaxed way, you will notice that there is a gap between your out breath and in breath, where there is no counting and there is no breathing. There is stillness and serenity although you are fully aware and awake. From this you will experience the nature of meditational silence. <br />
  6. 6. II. Concentration in Meditation <br />This practice must be accompanied with regular readings of spiritual literature that are uplifting. Such reading and reflection will prepare the ground for blossoming of our spirituality as we practice regular meditation. <br />
  7. 7. III. One-Pointedness in Daily Life<br />The ability to take charge of ourselves and our thoughts is very important in our practical daily affairs. Many of us lack focus in what we do. We do not know our priorities and so allow unimportant tasks to push out important ones. And even when we know that something is important, we are unable to stick to it because of lack of one-pointedness. This makes us become ineffective and worried. <br />
  8. 8. III. One-Pointedness in Daily Life<br />There are some suggestions to become one-pointed: <br />Keep a written list of things that you have to accomplish during the day. Write these on a notebook or a schedule book. Enter each item according to date. <br />Resolve to finish each item in your list as quickly as possible, or according to a timetable. Sometimes there is a tendency to delay or postpone doing something because you think it is not important. But if you have written it in your &quot;To-do&quot; list, then do it even if not urgent. This develops self-discipline which is a very important part of being one-pointed. <br />
  9. 9. III. One-Pointedness in Daily Life<br />If you are interrupted in what you are supposed to do, go back to the list after the interruption and continue to do the items you have not finished. <br />Try to make a similar list for things you have for the week or the month or year. Then always refer back to this list to keep you in track whenever you have forgotten. It will make you one-pointed in your duties or targets. <br />
  10. 10. III. One-Pointedness in Daily Life<br />When you have been able to develop this habit of accomplishing what you have listed down, then you will find an expansion of your horizon in life. You feel a greater sense of confidence in achieving difficult tasks. <br />The more difficult the task to be done, the greater is the need to be focused and one-pointed. But this self-discipline is developed by being one-pointed on small daily things that need to be done. <br />
  11. 11. Thank you<br />Copyright 1995. Permission to reprint is granted provided acknowledgment is made to: Peace Center Theosophical Society in the Philippines, 1 Iba St., Quezon City, Philippines E-mail: tspeace@info.com.ph<br />