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Page 4 - The Pitfalls of Meditation: Dazed by Sensation

You see, even in our most, active state, the mind finds time to wander, and bathe in some unproductive intoxicating sensation. If you want to build maximum momentum towards your goals, you must take that wild mind and harness that power--transmute that energy. Understand that you are not attempting to hold onto your center to the exclusion of all else. If you were to do this you would not be able to get anything done. All you want to do, is continually come back to the center during your idle moments. and you'll find that all your activities are full of idle thoughts. Your center--your breath, becomes your companion and advisor.

Learn to distinguish between productive thoughts and idle thoughts. During productive thoughts you are doing something, making a decision, or designing something in your mind. During idle thoughts you are simply dazed by some irrelevant physical or emotional sensation. Replace that idle rambling of your mind with a focused center.

Experiment with different centers. Try combining a goal with your breath. For example, each breath you take brings you closer to your goal. The more breaths you watch the quicker you'll arrive at your goal. This is one of my favorites. Do all your normal activities. You should not be away from your center for more than a few minutes. It's difficult at first because you're kind of doing two things at once. Not really. You're switching back and forth. You, your soul is in control of your mind, and your soul willfully lends itself to the activity at hand, but always resumes the reins. It's like any other habit. After enough repetition it becomes automatic. You'll know you're there or getting close when you see your mind wander and as your mind flutters about in it's little orgy of sensation you suddenly hear those reins snap. It's your center calling out to you. When this happens you know you've found your grove. Continue. Strengthen that experience and soon you'll begin to see the many positive effects of your new mind power.

You have dreams and goals. I'm here to tell you that finding and keeping your center is the way to get there. Everything else is a diversion.

One last note for advanced users: Remember, Your main objective is keep your mind from running wild and becoming a victim of sensation. Once you make some progress with one center experiment with others. Personally I switch centers often. Once you have a few centers at your disposal, you'll notice that given the choice, for any situation, one will work better than the others. Soon you'll learn which centers are most appropriate for what situations. Sometimes I find myself using more than one at a time. Or more accurately switching back and forth in a harmonic or musical fashion. You'll have fun with this. Try experimenting at restaurants or other public places and see if you can discern the effects of your unspoken center on the strangers around you.

Paul is a software author by profession with an active spiritual life that includes sharing his experiences with others through his writings. We were fortunate enough to cross paths with him and let our readers benefit from his delightful insight.
©2001, Paul Townsend, P.O. Box 1000, Poulsbo, Washington 98370. Email: paultownsend@bigfoot.com

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