Corrective of initial application

In Chapter 7 of our class notes, page 8, we read:

"With respect to sloth and torpor we have the corrective of initial application or discursive
thought. This means the initial focusing of the mind on an object, or the first placing the mind
upon the object...Initial application counters sloth and torpor, the dull, lethargic,
drowsy undirected condition of consciousness."

I am not certain I understand this. Does someone have an example they could share?

Thank you for your help.


Focus on something

I think it means you take an object and start to focus on the object. Normally we will use a Buddha image as the focus. From there you start the meditation and observe the qualities of the Buddha.