The Buddha continued:
"And what, monks, is right concentration?
There is the case where a monk -- quite secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful (mental) qualities -- enters & remains in the first jhana: rapture & happiness born of seclusion, accompanied by initial & sustained thinking.
With the stilling of initial & sustained thinking, he enters & remains in the second jhana: rapture & happiness born of concentration, unification of awareness free from initial thinking & sustained thinking -- internal serenity.
With the fading of rapture, he remains in equanimity, mindful & clearly aware, and physically sensitive of pleasure. He enters & remains in the third jhana, of which the Noble Ones declare, 'Equanimous & mindful, he has a pleasurable abiding.'
With the abandoning of pleasure & pain -- as with the earlier disappearance of elation & distress -- he enters & remains in the fourth jhana: purity of equanimity & mindfulness, neither pleasure nor pain.
This, monks, is called right concentration."
That is what the Blessed One said. Gratified, the monks delighted at his words."
The Buddha is known to have said:
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
To concentrate the mind on the present moment in the fast pace world we live in sounds like a oxymoron to me. I do feel this is the true path to meditation. I also feel this is what The Buddha was attempting to achieve and may have achieved (only The Buddha knows). I feel that this is the legacy that was passed down from monks of old, for us to also attempt to achieve.
To realize that what is in front of us is the reality of the moment, but to also realize and know it is not the only reality.
It is not the only moment...
And then to Breathe on,
or for some to