Concentration: Visualizing the Mechanics

Ever since I was a kid big bright, wandering thoughts have been my forte. I’ve prided myself on my well-developed daydreaming ability. Being able to de focalize and loosen my mind to get the juices flowing has allowed me to make a career out creative brainstorming. Yet like many of my long held assumptions this one is coming to bite me in the mental rear end when I sit in meditation trying to develop some concentration. Sitting silently trying to keep my focus just on my breath is a struggle.

Something that has helped me greatly is reading & discovering more about the mechanics of breathing from other meditation practitioners. My first formal meditation teacher was Anam Thubten, a Tibetan Rinpoche from the Nyingmapa Tradition. Most of my foundational practices assumed a degree of ability with sitting meditation and focused mainly on visualization: complex yogic ones that focus on the energy channels used in the Tibetan medical system. I have to admit my own surprise it was not the words of my dear heart teacher Anam Thubten that keep coming to me on the mat but those of a young girl from inner-city Baltimore I met through a video from Holistic Life Foundation.

Centering Practice at Holistic Life Foundation

Do yourself a favor a take a peek at the video below. Throughout the 28 Day Challenge books Sharon doesn’t place too much focus on the mechanics of the breath suggesting breathing as you normally do “without trying to change it or improve it” but my wandering mind found great value in some pointers from the mouth of a mindful babe.

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