The meditation of attention
Posted by Simon Parke, 07 October 2019, 5.17pm
There’s a lot going on in the world – and you’re a wonderful part of all that.
I would like to reach out and give you a medal for services to the world thus far.
Though sometimes you might wish to supplement your genius, be still for ten minutes and practice the meditation of attention.
It’s a simple practice you can do anywhere, at any time of the day. It can be as easily done on a train as in a temple or front room.
(I last did it on a bus on my way to work.)
In this meditation, we intentionally focus our attention on one thing, as opposed to many things; and return our attention to the present.
It doesn’t matter what you focus on, because the world is your friend, and will speak freely with you, whether you work on a farm or an oil rig.
What you choose to focus on is up to you; it really doesn’t matter too much. It might be beautiful and lovely - or something entirely commonplace, like the hinge on a door or a stain on the carpet.
You are invited to consider it. And if your mind wanders, simply notice – and return your focus to the object.
Become aware of its appearance… setting… composition… and function.
Who or what has gone into its making? And what is it role or function now? Does it have one?
Is it noticed or unnoticed? Will it last many years or only briefly?
How does it feel? How do you feel? What else does it silently say to you?
No aspect of the world is silent when given present attention…inanimate objects can be quite talkative.
What conversation is there to be had in the meditation of attention…