Concentration - 濃度 - Nóngdù
our mind, so often scattered.
Imagination, song, and spirit-
Separated, to see each as part of the whole.
Joined, to know the mysteries of totality.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
The mind, when focused, becomes the most powerful force we know. Yet, for most of us, we are lost in the vast, desolate tundra of our own minds. We play around with different aspects of thought, finding modes to get by, and leaves the rest unexplored. Those we follow Tao should not do this. They want to explore every nook and cranny, every dimension, so that they may find an integrated mode of consciousness.
The primary means of exploration is concentration. In practice, one must first select an aspect, and delve into it daily. One must fully understand each aspect, before moving on. It is truly a means of intense study. When first introduced to a subject, you must be very attentive in order to become a master. Such concentration naturally leads to absorption, like mixing different substances in a vessel. Once combined, they can no longer be distinguished individually.
Through concentration, all aspects of the mind can become joined to form superconsciousness. Sound is the same as sight, taste as smell, touch as thought, and all are identical, composed of the same spiritual energy that resides within us. Through this concentration, there is complete union, and we may find joy in the total interaction of our multifaceted life.