Interested in mindfulness meditation to “tune-up” your mindfulness and concentration skills? Here’s something you can try right now.
Steady mindfulness requires overcoming the natural – and evolutionarily adaptive – tendency of mind to scan endlessly and think of new things.
So the basic capacity to steady the mind – called concentration, as a short-hand – is a condition for mindfulness.
Right here, if you like, you can do a little tune-up of your mindfulness and concentration skills.
You could take 10 minutes or so to just concentrate on one thing. You can pick whatever object you like, and I’ll give instructions in terms of the sensations of the breath felt around the upper lip. If those are too subtle, you could also use the sensations in the belly.