Focus on One Object
Now, in concentration you choose to patiently focus your mind until your mental content is only one object. That is, other objects are told not to interfere or enter your mental content for the period of your meditation. Of course, as your meditation becomes more subtle, you will be able to meditate in a much more discerning manner on much more refined objects — inner light, energy centers, and visions, for example. You will even become able to meditate without the need of an object; your mind will be perfectly focused and responsive without having to have an object. But, to develop the essential skills which enable you to have loftier meditations later, start with a simple object that is easy to view with eyes open, and easy to hold in the mind when you close your eyes. The object needs to have a unified look — too many features, or lines, encourage the mind to wander rather than focus.
Now your mind content may look something like this:
. . Apple, apple . . . McIntosh . . . . . . . apple tree . . . . . .
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