THE FOCUSED MIND
The Buddha offered a path to ease suffering. The Eightfold Path presents these considerations, which move a person toward a life with more happiness and inspiration. They 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 view). As we are taking up the theme of "mind" this week, the second grouping gets the spotlight. Monday's meditation was an exercise in "right mindfulness." Today, we will focus on "right concentration."
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, if possible, take the time to fetch a candle and then settle into the audio introduction. Afterwards come back to these written instructions for today's meditation: