Definition - What does Concentration Technique mean?
A concentration technique is an exercise used to improve focus, awareness and mental discipline. They are closely associated with meditation and mindfulness practices. The path of yoga emphasizes the importance of developing concentration. The sixth limb of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga is dharana, which is a Sanskrit word meaning "concentration."
The purpose of practicing concentration techniques is to learn how to focus the mind. Over time, this leads to clarity of thought, mental fortitude and mindfulness. Improved mindfulness, for example, helps calm the mind and promotes mental well-being. In terms of yogic spiritual development, concentration techniques ready the mind for dhyana, a profound practice of meditation which ultimately leads to samadhi.
Yogapedia explains Concentration Technique
Concentration techniques help to build mental discipline and strength in the same way that physical exercises strengthen muscles. Both require consistent practice. With time, they improve both the quality and duration of awareness.
Examples of concentration techniques include:
- Watching the breath, focusing on each individual inhale and exhale. Whenever the mind wanders, bring the attention back to the breath until the mind calms and rests in the awareness of simply breathing.
- Tuning in to the physical sensations experienced in the body. Allowing awareness to be completely in the present moment.
- Focusing completely on an object, such as a candle flame, or a sound, such as a mantra.
Whatever the technique, these concentration practices can help access greater potential of the mind. Yogis are advised to practice regularly, emphasizing consistency over the actual duration of the practice. Concentration and mindfulness practices can be built into everyday life by performing simple tasks with more awareness and attention.