Over the weekend I went to a seminar on the subject of “one point mind meditation”. Even tough this is a beginner’s technique, it is humbling to follow the instructions accurately and see how difficult it actually is, doing it right. So whether we focus the attention on an object in front of us, or if we center our attention on breath – the important thing is the stay “present”, which means not get distracted by thought, nor to fall below thought.
If you want to try – find a good position, straight back, relaxed shoulders, and half-closed eyes. Put an object in front of you. Then focus the attention and hold it. If the mind strats drifting away, just re-focus and hold it. Then relax the mind – without falling out of presence – and see how long you can “really” do it….