“Discernment follows the form of reasoning, reflection, joy & unity”
Translation by Paul Harvey
The process of meditations is a gradual movement from distraction toward containment. You can experience this on a gross level in a short meditation and you can experience this on a more subtle level over years of meditation.
When you start off meditating (assuming you are not in a monastery or a retreat) the mind is occupied with everything and anything, this is the nature of mind.
Then gradually ( = waiting patiently & softly, without expectation, without judgment) the mind settles a bit and releases some of its preoccupations. The first thoughts to go are the “easier” ones, those that stay are more immanent and can take a bit more waiting.
When the mind is settled it is able to start focusing on one object. At first the mind may still dance around and the relationship with the object comes and goes.
With some practice the mind is able to hold an object steadily and for a longer period of time.
Eventually subject-object duality ceases to cloud perception.
- asana and pranayama practice shorten the time it takes to make this journey.
- a simple and supportive object to place your attention is on your seated position.
- a caring teacher can give you a supportive meditation focus, choosing a focus for yourself indulges your mind (like a kid will go for candy).
- one effective meditation practice will carry you through years of practice, don’t change it like you change socks.