Concentration in Five Stages
Choose a still scene on which to concentrate: perhaps a landscape, a tree or plant, or an indoor ‘still-life’.
1. For 5 minutes, with open eyes, let your attention focus and rest on the scene, allowing any thoughts to dissolve in the primacy of this concentration. Maintain open eyes with as little blinking as you can naturally manage.
2. For 5 minutes, with eyes closed, see the scene on the inner screen of your mind.
3. For 5 minutes, maintaining your inner attention on the scene, allow your focus to be diffused so that you perceive the energy of the scene beyond its physical appearance.
4. For 5 minutes, maintaining your inner attention on the scene, allow your focus to be diffused so that you experience as omnipresent the eternal meaningfulness of the scene.
5. For 5 minutes, perceive simultaneously with all levels: with the physical eyes, in memory, the meaning, the presence
If your schedule allows, you can increase the concentration time to 10 minutes for each stage, and later to 15 minutes.