Contemplation practices are about arousing, focusing and sustaining attention. This requires us to develop the counter-intuitive habit of relaxing the mind voluntarily and independently of external conditions.
Three key qualities are needed for contemplation: relaxation, inner stillness, and clarity of intention.
In other words, we need ‘to tend to’ ourselves through the day and not rely on a sudden event in the external environment, such as a car crossing our path unexpectedly, to ‘bring us to’ voluntarily paying attention. We can develop this ability if we make a commitment to leading a considered life.
This is the aim of the practices in this bank. Explore the Practices