churdtzu t1_j38aa2e wrote

That is indeed what I was getting at. Thank you

My friend emphasised to us, when meditating we can practise including more elements in our attention. For example, you are repeating a mantra in your head. You repeat the sound. With each syllable, you focus on the meaning of the syllable. You also concentrate on the overall meaning of the mantra. Then you visualise the written mantra, feel the truth of it, and so on.

In this manner, the awareness is carefully directed, unified, and able to hold multiple objects.