Meditation practice is a matter of psychology, not magic. Confusion on this point can have insidious (and dumb) consequences.
“Om Ah Hung is the fundamental three-word mantra of Sanskrit consonants, forming the fundamental sound of the numerous lives in the Universe. It shakes away the blockages in the body’s channels, cleansing it of ailments.”
– Discussing the Dharma Door of Chanting The Buddha’s Name, Nan Huai Jin
“Fundamentally, when you meditate, you bring your guard down and the light energy gets in…”
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Here are the six steps to actually getting better at meditation, according to psychology.
- Prelude – Understanding Mental Representations
- The Elements of Deliberate Practice
- 1: A Highly Developed Field
- 2: Target Specific Sub-Skills
- 3: Clear and Immediate Feedback
- 4: Focused Practice
- A Brief Interlude About the Dangers of Over-Efforting
- 5: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
- 6: Continued Engagement
- A TL;DR Summary of Deliberate Practice
Most meditation instructions that you’ll find go something like this:
- Place your attention on the object of meditation (usually the sensations of breathing at the nostrils) and keep it there.
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Most people meditate for a long time with little improvement because of these four myths.
- Striving for unusual or one-off experiences
- Misunderstanding non-judgemental awareness
- Thinking that trying to exert any kind of effort in meditation is a mistake
- Extremely vague or unstructured meditation instructions
“I’ve been practicing meditation for a few years, but I still can’t keep my attention on my breath for more than a few seconds at a time.… Read the rest “I Wasted 8 Years of Meditation Because I Didn’t Understand These 4 Things”