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Concentration has several meanings:

  • In chemistry, concentration refers to a measurement of how much substance (or solute) exists within a certain volume (or solvent).[1] A solution is said to be saturated when the solvent is unable to dissolve more solute.
  • In psychology, concentration as a cognitive process means focusing selectively on a single aspect of one's environment or thoughts while ignoring other things.
  • In Buddhist meditation, concentration means focusing the mind selectively on a single aspect of one's thoughts or images while letting go of all other things until the mind become "single-pointed" ("samadhi") through relaxed focused awareness ("shamatha"). According to Buddhism, concentration is related to the "fire element" of the mind and nervous system.


  1. Wile, Dr. Jay L. Exploring Creation With Physical Science. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. 1999, 2000