The eighth principle of the path, right concentration, refers to the development of a mental force that occurs in natural consciousness, although at a relatively low level of intensity, namely concentration. Concentration in this context is described as one-pointedness of mind, meaning a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed onto one particular object. Right concentration for the purpose of the eightfold path means wholesome concentration, i.e. concentration on wholesome thoughts and actions. The Buddhist method of choice to develop right concentration is through the practice of meditation. The meditating mind focuses on a selected object. It first directs itself onto it, then sustains concentration, and finally intensifies concentration step by step. Through this practice it becomes natural to apply elevated levels concentration also in everyday situations.
Giving is very similar to meditation in that it has become a daily practice that helps me stay in the present. Meditation is like….well meditation. There are many many books and teachers out there that wish to teach you to meditate. I am not a teacher of this. I am a student. I will not waste our time by pretending to teach you what to do. You will have to do that work on your own. My dad was the same way…only with Volkswagon Bugs. He learned how to fix them up over years of working on them He would fix them up and make them run as best he could. Bugs are fickle. If things aren’t just right….the whole thing works poorly. He got so good at it that people would seek him out to help them with their project Bugs. He would tell them that they had to work on them for years….and to get it right themselves. My dad taught me about meditation when I was young. At the time I think I made fun of it…but as an adult I have dabbled. Today I am meditating for 20 minutes. I need to fundamentally change on the reflection that is my life. I need to turn inward for a while and fix some things. Today would have been my dad’s 62 birthday. I love and miss him. Take care. Thanks for supporting me and my big awesome project.