Meditation offers, in addition to its many other benefits, a method for achieving previously inconceivable levels of concentration. Author B. Alan Wallace has nearly thirty years' practice in attention-enhancing meditation, including a retreat he performed under the guidance of the Dalai Lama. An active participant in the much-publicized dialogues between Buddhists and scientists, Alan is uniquely qualified to speak intelligently to both camps, and The Attention Revolution is the definitive presentation of his knowledge.
Beginning by pointing out the ill effects that follow from our inability to focus, Wallace moves on to explore a systematic path of meditation to deepen our capacity for deep concentration. The result is an exciting, rewarding "expedition of the mind," tracing everything from the confusion at the bottom of the trail to the extraordinary clarity and power that come with making it to the top. Along the way, the author also provides interludes and complementary practices for cultivating love, compassion, and clarity in our waking and dreaming lives.
Attention is the key that makes personal change possible, and the good news is that it can be trained. This book shows how.
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How do you strengthen your attention span in a world of constant distraction? Meditation expert and former Dalai Lama aide B. Alan Wallace lays out some answers with his insightful guide to cultivating focus. With plainspoken ease, Wallace walks us through the nine steps described in Tibetan Buddhism for achieving shamatha, or “tranquility of the mind,” describing the purpose of each one and providing practical exercises. We had no trouble diving right into the breathing and mental-clarity exercises, which helped us direct our attention inward even when the outside world was full of diversions, and the higher levels only got more rewarding as we practiced directing our focus on a specific thought. Wallace offers fascinating insights on focusing your meditation on the struggles of others in order to nurture compassion, a practice the world could use more of right now. Reading The Attention Revolution is a great milestone on the road to inner peace.