Why reading could be a path to more effective meditation.
I can’t think of any better way than reading to practice focusing your awareness where you intend it to be…. Other than actual meditation of course. Most of the information we get these days is thrown at us by our phones, television, and the internet. None of these require that you fix your attention on anything for more than a few seconds at most. It trains our minds to crave short snippets of information. By sitting down and spending just 30 minutes reading every day you are paving the road to being able to do much, much more. And you won’t only benefit from the increased attention span. Recently, I read the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As I read it, I realized that I was being encouraged to create real pictures in my mind. These pictures can become very real if you read with an active imagination. This is an incredibly important skill, and one that will prove to be very useful down the line as you begin to visualize your future self in your meditations. The longer you can hold a vision of the future without breaking your awareness, the better. So pick up your favorite literature and settle in for half an hour and you will begin to see the benefits sooner than you think!