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Meditation Essentials: Concentration and Self Control (Part One)

The next few posts will talk of several basic topics that are important when we want to tune up and set our minds up for meditation. Of course there are many ways to do meditation, and actually we are meditating all the time somehow, as it has been stated in previous posts.


So, meditation is something we do on daily basis, and the different practices of meditation we can find here and there are intended to help us find some power we need in our day to day chores in order to achieve some specific goals, material or spiritual. It is basic discipline.


Concentration and Self Control are key elements of discipline. Concentration, lets put a different word: FOCUS; and Self Control, lets call it: POWER OF WILL, are the essentials that bring together the spiritual and mental forces that can help us achieve goals. They are the abc of it all. Concentration is actually a very high spiritual nature, and Self Control is the moderator.



A person having problems with obesity will not achieve any success in loosing weight unless he or she does something about it. Thinking deeply of what is to be done and actually performing the plan and following the path we thought would be better, is that brings all achievements and changes. I learned something very important when i had so many friends who are top practitioners of alternative medicine. They agree that there is no pill that will cure any disease if there is no power of will in the patient. Nobody, whatsoever he does will be of real help for a person who does not do anything for herself. Lack of power or a weakened power of will is a disease of the soul and its natural remedy is awaking it.


So both, body and mind are to be focused and performing correlated things in a coordinated and positive way so that powerful universal forces come together and provide their help. Body and mind are to be trained to work like this. I know this all I am saying is nothing new. However I feel like recalling two different stories that were particularly useful for me and made me put these two basic abilities in a place of very high importance.


First story about a friend I knew when we were involved together in business with natural supplements in Orlando, Florida. When we first were introduced to each other and had our first talks, we found out that we eventually practiced the same meditations. She really did not develop that meditation, she would meditate only every now and then. However her father, who was lot more active in this regards and had developed more understanding on this matter, was used to teach and train her and her brother and sister very helpful and pragmatic things.


My friend told me for example, that when she was a child and she and her brother and sister would fight for something, and they would tend to argue and hurt or insult each other, like the other kids would do, their dad would sit them by the table, give them some little talk, and put them to write down a hundred times some sentence like: “I must not insult my brother, just discuss and agree”, and then made them delete all disagreement from the heart and come to a peace.


She told me this practice performed a wonderful relationship with all the family and through the years her brother and sister kept very happy with each other and did not save any hard issues in their hearts.


This practice also, as she revealed to me, helped them a lot in their business and professional lives. In her case she had all kind of issues to solve at work, professional and personal. She worked in an important executive office of a major oil corporation. The training her dad provided to her mind made it very easy for her to delete hard issues when she had to deal with very arrogant people or with the envy of coworkers, etc., and have a very nice working environment, and even provide help to many friends and coworkers by advising them how to handle family and work chores and relationships. And then, when she would come into meditation, the result of it was more enjoyable in many ways.


This is a very pragmatic and useful approach. Minds can be trained, it is easier when younger, but age is no restriction. Concentration and Self Control are a part of our daily life in each and every choice we make. They can make our lives easier and also, when applied to things of the heart and spirit, they perform wonders.


Concentration and Self Control are essentials we need to develop for powerful, deep meditations, and deep, meaningful change of directions we chose every day.


These abilities are main pillars in all beliefs, yoga and life improvement systems, and religions.


“He who has no discipline has no wisdom,

He can not concentrate his mind in one only point

Where there is no concentration there is no peace.

And where there is no peace, can there be any joy?



Talk soon. Please leave your comments…





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