Mind Meditation- Day 2  The Eightfold Path was consistently presented by the Buddha as a guide to end suffering. The eight parts are divided into three groupings: ethical conduct (right speech, right action, and right livelihood), mental discipline (right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration), and wisdom (right thought and right understanding). If we take into consideration that energy follows thought, we see that all suffering can be traced back to our personal ground-zero: the mind.

Right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration offer us the opportunity to discipline and develop the mind. We looked into right mindfulness on Day 1. Today, we will focus on samadhi, or right concentration (pun intended).

We’ll use a candle for this meditation. More specifically, we’ll use the candle’s flame and the sitting will be done with eyes open. So, grab a candle and listen to the audio introduction. Written instructions follow…

If it’s possible to darken your meditation space by dimming the lights or drawing the blinds, that can be helpful. Make sure there’s nothing flammable around, that your candle is in a proper holder and on a flat surface. It’s best if the flame is at eye level and about two feet away from you.

Light the candle, get comfortable, smile and take a long slow deep breath (sounds familiar). Allow the flame to be the main focus of your attention. Hold your eyes steady there. You will blink often and maybe tear up a bit, but simply keep your gaze on the flame… and breathe.

Fire can be hypnotic, its gentle dance is mesmerizing, There’s plenty to keep the mind occupied and your interest piqued. Yet, without fail the mind will wander. Just redirect your concentration to the flame when this happens… your eyes are already there, just gently allow the mind to join them. You may find that thoughts begin to slow. You may find the flame so captivating that thoughts pass by unnoticed altogether and the mind  left steady and concentrated, yet open, within vast field of awareness. This is the experience of samadhi.

Meditation Podcast: Mind – Day 2

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