Research confirms it. No self-help tool holds more potential benefit for mind, body and spirit. Meditation promises “great liberation,” “great knowledge,” “great tranquility.” Great promise however, is rarely fulfilled.
The shortfall lies with meditation methods that fail to control mind’s wandering. With traditional methods, even with the best intentions you drift and dream when you’d hoped for attention. Going in circles you don’t get far. This age-old problem now has a solution: a feedback method stops the wandering. Here’s how it works.
The Feedback Method – A Straight Line To Success
Think of meditation as a mountain climb. Your goal is the summit. The fastest route to your goal is a straight line. With feedback to guide you, you go in straight line. You meditate without the wandering.
How To End Mind’s Wandering With Feedback
What is “feedback?” It’s the knowledge of results necessary for learning. In practicing darts for instance, seeing your target (feedback) lets you correct your aim.
Traditional meditation is like shooting darts blindfolded. Your target is attention, but you can’t see your target. All-important attention slips away unseen. You lose it without knowing you are losing it. (You find out later when you wake from a daydream.)
Add feedback however, see what you are doing, and the butterfly mind takes a bee line. With the feedback method you see your target: you see attention itself. You’re guided straight to your goal. Here’s how it’s done.
How To Add Feedback to Meditation
Adding feedback to meditation is effortless since it’s already there! It’s the often reported sensation of light and it’s been right before our eyes all along.
If you meditate with open eyes you may have seen it. Many have, but no one recognized its usefulness. We missed the fact that the light is feedback; that it signals attention; that it’s caused by attention itself.
Attention causes sensations of light when it holds the eyes still. When you gaze at a focus point, a stabilized retinal image uses up photo pigment causing distortion in the form of light. Seeing the light confirms attention, and when you lose attention, the light disappears. Thus the light is feedback – a means of self-guidance that makes meditation a sure thing.
‘Seeing The Light’: The New How To Meditate
Focusing discs specially designed to facilitate feedback are available at the Straight Line Meditation website. To make a simple disc at home, draw a two inch circle on a sheet of paper. Add a pea sized bull’s eye. Place the disc on the floor a few feet ahead of you and focus with a gentle gaze on the bull’s eye. Soon a halo of light will appear, signaling attention.
When light appears, attend to it. If your mind wanders, your eyes too will wander and the light will vanish. That’s your signal to re-focus on the bull’s eye. Simply zero in; hold on to feedback and you’ll “see the light” in more ways than one. The light will guide you straight to your goal.
Straight Line Meditation
“Just sit,” says Buddhist tradition, “eventually, maybe after many lifetimes, you will come upon the truth.” The slow progress expected here assumes lifetimes of wandering the mountainside, missing the summit. Slow progress goes with traditional meditation methods. A straight line by contrast, covers ground fast. With the feedback method, the summit lies straight ahead.