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March 31, 2009
If you're straining too hard to maintain concentrative focus, let go and listen to the sounds around you.
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Thanks to you both--and yes, Tomo explains what I didn't.
It can be a momentary calming practice. It can be beneficial to balance insight and relaxation. Pushing too far one way or the other can put you in a difficult state, worn out and frustrated from all that concentration, or tired and disinterested from being too calm.
Placing yourself somewhere at the center and exploring gently in both directions can give very good practice.
I thought one is not supposed to pay attention to sounds at all during meditation? Or is this meant to be a momentary relaxation?
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