Mindfulness or Concentration!

Published 14/03/2013 by inspiringyourspirit

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“Some people do not know the difference between mindfulness and concentration. They concentrate on what they’re doing, thinking that is being mindful. . . . We can concentrate on what we are doing, but if we are not mindful at the same time, with the ability to reflect on the moment, then if somebody interferes with our concentration, we may blow up, get carried away by anger at being frustrated.

If we are mindful, we are aware of the tendency to first concentrate and then to feel anger when something interferes with that concentration. With mindfulness we can concentrate when it is appropriate to do so and not concentrate when it is appropriate not to do so. ”
~ Ajahn Sumedho

Namaste
Mark

3 comments on “Mindfulness or Concentration!

  • Thank you for this insight. Concentration is appropriate sometimes, but when it comes to learning, I prefer to let the understanding wash over me, rather than trying to dig it out by force. I find that mindfulness really helps with the process of understanding.

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