Meditation Articles Series
I have been introduced to Sudoku. Now this is a game I would never have imagined I would have any interest in. For a start, itís a game of logic. Maths, algebra, and Latin were never my best subjects at college. With my friendís guidance I started at Level 1 the other day. Heís a good teacher because I seemed to get the drift of the game and how to follow the patterns to work out the missing numbers. When left by myself to do the next puzzle, I rushed in with great confidence only to find near the end of the game I had doubled one of the numbers in the box. I had to begin all over. My nine boxes became so scribbled out there was barely enough room to put in a new number. Well, finally I got it finished.
I noticed how heated my head became. A sort of vague headache was pulling my eyebrows together. My poor brain was firing electrical charges that were ricocheting off neurons that had been abandoned for decades! Then I had this insight that back when I did my first Vipassana meditation course, the fourth day was no different. The sheer concentration of sensating the body left me, not in tingling bliss but in absolute overwhelm. I did persist. Years later I realize how meditation has helped me so much with focus and concentration.
Yes, Sudoku is not what I normally gravitate toward. But I am enjoying this game. Perhaps if I had not carried on my meditation practice I would never have developed the concentration to persist in any logical pursuit.
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