Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fixation of attention

The tendency of the thinking mind to obsess or fixate on certain thoughts and emotions causes the body to contract in response. Have you ever noticed how tense and anxious you can get when you mentally rehearse the same scenario again and again, even when it’s an ostensibly positive one? By contrast, an alert, open, fluid mind — which you can develop through the regular practice of mindfulness meditation — allows you to flow from experience to experience without getting fixated or stuck. Ultimately, you can practice receptive awareness, the spacious, skylike quality of mind that welcomes whatever arises.

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