Focused Meditation

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How can Focused Meditation help you?

Focused Meditation is a meditation technique that can be practiced when you need quick stress relief. This meditation style requires you to focus all your attention on either an object, a sensation, or a sound. It aims to help you feel relaxed while using a specific focal point rather than just trying to clear your mind.

Focused meditation can be practiced without an instructor or guide and can help you:

  • Reduce stress.
  • Control anxiety.
  • Enhance self-awareness.
  • Improve attention span.
  • Focus on the present moment.
  • Increase creativity and imagination.
  • Increase patience and tolerance. (Calm Sage)
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Focused Meditation, also known as Concentrative Meditation, is the practice of meditating (becoming self-aware through breath and attention to connect the mind, body, and spirit) and bringing your attention to one single object for the duration of the practice. This object can be something practical and tangible, such as a mandala painting or a candle flame. It can also be something abstract, such as a phrase (also known as mantra) or a sound (such as Om).

Whatever you settle your attention on becomes the focus of your meditation. None of these object examples are better than others—they are simply choices depending on what you’re wanting to get out of your practice. For example, some practitioners will choose candle gazing to interpret the images the flame makes in the shadows while others will choose a mantra because they feel that particular phrase or word empowers or heals them.

How this differs from other meditation styles is that it gives the practitioner something tangible to do: focus. It’s almost like giving your mind an action to perform—listen to this sound, repeat these words, watch this flame, etc. This is also one of the reasons why this particular meditation style is great for beginners! (Lifehack)

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