Contemplation ~ Focusing on Objects
“Our thoughts create our reality, where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.”
~ Peter McWilliams
“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems, not people;
to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses."
~ William Arthur Ward
Focus your attention, concentrating on something to take your attention beyond the random thought activity that is usually going on in our minds. You can focus your attention using a solid object, a picture or mandala, a mantra, your breath or a tape of a guided visualization.
Typical objects of concentration include a candle flame, plant or blossom. Some people use pictures, such as mandalas, which are symmetrical paintings that help to induce positive states of consciousness. Some people might use a picture of a spiritual teacher. . Mantras are words/sounds which have a flowing, meditative quality and may be repeated out loud or inwardly. Perhaps the most common focus of meditation is the breath.
Effects of Contemplation