Concentration meditations all those techniques where you try to focus your mental attention to the object of the meditation, which can be your own breathing, a symbol such as a circular disc painted some distance away from you, the flame of the candle, words that are being repeated at regular interval (mantras), etc. You try to concentrate only on the chosen object to the exclusion of everything else.
A very popular method is to use breathing as the object of meditation. You try to concentrate on the process of breathing and try shutting off from every thing else happening in or around you.
Normally you hardly pay attention to your breathing – it just goes on by itself. But now, you want to pay full attention to it. Paying attention means being aware that you are breathing -in and –out. You try to pay close attentive to the whole act of breathing.
For example, you can feel the air flow in the nostrils, become aware of the fact that there is some movement in the chest area as you breath -in and –out, know that the air temperature of incoming breaths is different from that of outgoing breaths, and so on. You may also like to be aware that sometimes the breaths are shallow and sometimes deeper; sometimes it can also be like a sigh.
You will often find that your mind wonders away – it starts to think about something else and forgets to pay attention to the act of breathing. Your task is to bring it back to the breathing. In fact, this is all you are supposed to do — bring the mind back to breathing each time it wonders away.
Well, the technique is certainly simple, probably too simple. In reality, all meditations are simple. Yet, most people can’t meditate. Why? Because they are not used to doing simple things — in their normal life, they hardly ever do a simple act such as this. So, they have no training to just sit quiet and be aware of the breathing process.
Watching something trivial like breathing is also boring for the mind. It will be rather delighted if you ask it watch a movie, listen to a favorite song, read a thriller, etc. Why? All these activities provide food (thoughts) for your mind. So, it is quite natural if your mind gets “bored” watching breaths — where it has hardly anything to do, just be aware monotonously of something silly like breathing.
If you practice this simple breathing meditation just for just half-an-hour, you will come to an important understanding about your mind – it doesn’t want to stay on one act for long; it just wants to flicker from one thing to another. This is a very important self-discovery that will always help you, as you walk on the path of meditation. Remember, this is just a small discovery.
If you practice regularly a lot of realities about your own nature will unfold slowly. This is the reason why meditation is the simplest path to self-discovery.