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Focused Attention

Your focused attention determines your existence. If it’s on thoughts of self, you will be selfish. What do you gain if you possess the whole world, but aren’t liberated from your selfish attention…

The key to mindfulness is turning your focus away from what you are greedy or lusting for and also for what you are distressed about. When your mind gets stuck it needs to become unstuck; what makes it get stuck is your focused attention. This attention is mostly focused in satisfying the self in some way. Pay attention to the sensations of the body, of feeling, mind states, and mental formations. These are a direct path to what is real and what will liberate you from suffering. Liberation from suffering is not pain free, it’s learning to be with the pain when it arises. You cannot hide from reality. You can divert your attention away from it, but then it becomes your master. To no longer have your focus centered on satisfying the self is where the path of being mindful leads to. Break free of the grip that the self has on you.

How you do this is by stopping the focused attention on the self and start turning your attention on what will liberate you from its grip. The self is there, it has been given an identity, it has a name, and so many different roles attached to it, but it creates bondage because of the mere fact of the attachment it has to itself. Liberation is understanding truth of existence, it isn’t in creating a concept of truth or anything else. You can only be free when you are paying attention to what allows freedom, but it’s tricky because of the mastery of the self. Constant vigilance is needed for an understanding of liberation from your self. You are alive so you exist, but it will be your focused attention that determines the extent of the liberation you will experience and that will be the determining factor in your freedom from yourself…