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Buddhist meditation practices often emphasize mainly concentration particularly on a certain person place or thing They teach the mind to focus on one point or object which achieves strength of concentration The results are peaceful states and in some very rare cases are said to create supernormal powers That is no wonder why many people steer in that direction in hopes of achieving superpowers Insight meditation is quite different however and although some degree of concentration is needed the meditator focuses more on mindfulness of the situation Insight is defined in the dictionary as the capacity to discern the true nature of a situation The basis of insight meditation is the four foundations of mindfulness They include contemplation of the body contemplation of feelings contemplation of the mind-state and contemplation of mind-objects To achieve mindfulness one must try to be aware of these foundations as they exist in their bodies For example to be mindful of the body it is necessary to be aware of breathing in breathing out posture bodily movements inwardly and outwardly etc One must be conscious of mind-objects such as desire and understand hoe feelings like that come about and how they are eliminated To understand mindfulness as simply as possible one can look at the difference between an unmindful person and the opposite Everyday we see people who are unmindful of their actions unmindful of their movements Someone on the street who steps into a large puddle is unmindful of walking such as someone who slips and falls The state of mind of this person is unclear and possibly confused
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