Contrary to what one may think, concentration is not meditation, as in the former there is tension, no matter how little it may be. The meditative state is a state of deep and sublime relaxation where tension is non-existent. Nevertheless, concentration is a means to reach that exalted state, which is the essence of everyone.
- Place a lighted candle or a lamp on a small table in a quiet but rather dark corner.
- Sit comfortably on a chair or if possible in the lotus position, keeping a distance of some 1 or 2 metres from the candle or lamp.
- Make sure that the light is more or less at eye level.
- While staying relaxed, fix the eyes on the flame without blinking as long as possible.
- Practise this technique some 15 to 30 minutes everyday for a month.
Note: Do not worry if the eyes become tearful during the practice; continue to concentrate on the light.
- It will sharpen your awareness – this will be highly beneficial during your daily activities
- You will be more resourceful at work
- It will smooth your way for more advanced techniques and eventually enable you to attain the state of meditation