I realized that while in my previous meditation I have focused on some of the more spiritual sides of meditation in the past meditations I have suggested I have just glossed over some of the basics.
One of the most basic and pragmatic benefits to meditation is that it allows you to improve your concentrations skills. By focusing a few minutes everyday on one thing. By focusing one thing–a mantra, an image, a flame–it allows us to not only focus our mind during the meditation, but to keep our mind focused on things well after our meditation is through. It also allows for our subconscious mind to sift through the vast amount of information it’s been sorting through all day without having to worry about new information. This has multiple positive effects on your psychical and mental health.
But sometimes it’s hard to find a mantra that we feel comfortable with (as word have that sneaky tendency to cause us to actually think about the meaning and what it means to us and who said it and and and…the questions and the answers can be the very opposite of the single focus you want in a meditation). The same can be said of focusing on a picture. And finding time to light a candle can be equally problematic (especially some of the time we need to focus are at work or while standing in a line or various other places that starting a fire might be looked down upon).
So I find that one of the easiest things to focus on is abstract shapes. There is little to worry about or analyze so they don’t have much deeper meaning and they’re easy to manipulate in your mind (spinning them, changing color or size) so that you can still be focused on them without giving into the boredom that often ruins a good meditation session for those just starting to meditate.
So what I suggest is to either focus on a three dimensional figure (a sphere, a cube, anything you want) and just focus on it from various angles or distances in your mind.
If you want something that might take a little more mental power. Start with a point. Focus on it for as long as you can. If you feel your mind veering off stretch the point out into a line. Rotate the line the line on any of the three axes for as long as you can. When that gets dulls stretch the line into the a square. Again look at if from all angels. And when your mind starts to wander again stretch the square into a cube.
And then after you’re done looking at the cube take back to down reversing the order. From a cube to a square, from a square to a line, from a line to a point.
This will help keep your mind focused. It will offer new stimuli as you think about the object you’re focusing on, but still keep you mind on a single object.
Ten minutes a day at the beginning or end of your day (or more if you like) and you’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll be able to get done in a day.
Incorporate it with a daily more spiritual meditation and you’ll find you’ll get the best of both worlds.
And if you feel that you can stay focused enough, you might want to turn that cube into a tesseract: