Priceless advice for meditators on Concentration followed by a guided breathing meditation

We usually consider distractions to be harmless sideshows, interesting entertainments going on in the periphery of our meditation practice designed specifically to alleviate the boredom of meditating on a virtuous object !! Actually they are far from harmless; they are lethal enemies of concentration, they rob us of the special feelings, special insights, special experience and realisations that we are trying so hard to attain in our spiritual path, in our spiritual life. They are thieves that rob the Dharma jewels we are trying so hard to accomplish, so hard to acquire.

 

In “Understanding the Mind”, Geshe-La gives us scathing indictment of distraction when he says that distraction is the worst enemy to spiritual development.  And why? Because it causes our mind to wander to the objects of delusion which are the principle objects of abandonment in our spiritual life. distractions are also the first step in the process of forgetting our object and distractions destroy the 4 qualities of pure concentration, they destroy the lucidity of our mind by creating turbulence and agitation in our mind by making our mind negative and confused as a result the clarity of our mind decreases and the intensity of mindfulness becomes split  between our object of meditation and the distraction itself and our mind becomes multi-pointed instead of single pointed. so in these ways distractions completely destroy the 4 qualities of pure concentration

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