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#348: How to Focus | Shaila Catherine

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

19 May 2021

1hr 16mins

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#348: How to Focus | Shaila Catherine

19 May 2021

1hr 16mins

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Quote

"Emotions are dynamic processes that are in a state of flux. If you don't refuel them through obsessive thinking, they will change and fade"

Ideas

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Concentration grows through the willingness to encounter, understand, and eventually remove all that agitates the mind.
Concentration isn't when we have a narrow or rigid focus on something, but instead when we have a spacious mind that is undistracted and able to stay stead in whatever it's engaged in.

The first step of concentrating is the removal of any desires, even of wanting to concentrate itself.

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Concentration grows through the willingness to encounter, understand, and eventually remove all that agitates the mind.
Concentration isn't when we have a narrow or rigid focus on something, but instead when we have a spacious mind that is undistracted and able to stay stead in whatever it's engaged in.

The first step of concentrating is the removal of any desires, even of wanting to concentrate itself.

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Concentrating on one specific thing can be different to concentration overall.
When meditating, we can hone in on one specific object or thought, and just try to focus our attention on that one thing.

At the same time, we can also focus our attention on different thoughts and sensations that arise and change as we're meditating.

Both of these are concentration, both of these can happen inside and outside of meditation.

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Concentrating on one specific thing can be different to concentration overall.
When meditating, we can hone in on one specific object or thought, and just try to focus our attention on that one thing.

At the same time, we can also focus our attention on different thoughts and sensations that arise and change as we're meditating.

Both of these are concentration, both of these can happen inside and outside of meditation.

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To enjoy pleasure is fine, to become attached, is not.
We slowly try to remove our attachment from the obvious, to the not so obvious.

First from the bad and harmful things, then the more subtle pleasurable things.

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To enjoy pleasure is fine, to become attached, is not.
We slowly try to remove our attachment from the obvious, to the not so obvious.

First from the bad and harmful things, then the more subtle pleasurable things.

Questions

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Can you think of something that you enjoy but might be attached to?

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Can you think of something that you enjoy but might be attached to?

What else is in the episode

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The altered states of consciousness called "the jhanas"

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The altered states of consciousness called "the jhanas"

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How to have continuous states of concentration

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How to have continuous states of concentration

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Applying the value of meditation in all aspects of life

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Applying the value of meditation in all aspects of life

Who is Shaila Catherine?

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The founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a meditation group in Silicon Valley, as well as Bodhi Courses, an online Buddhist room. She's also the author of 'Focused and Fearless' & 'Wisdom Wide and Deep', two books on meditation practice.

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The founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a meditation group in Silicon Valley, as well as Bodhi Courses, an online Buddhist room. She's also the author of 'Focused and Fearless' & 'Wisdom Wide and Deep', two books on meditation practice.

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