This week in class we are exploring Dharana or concentration.
Households, cities, countries, and nations have enjoyed great happiness when a single individual has taken heed of the Good and Beautiful. . . . Such people not only liberate themselves; they fill those they meet with a free mind.
Just as we live in a physical atmosphere, we are surrounded also by a mental atmosphere. And just as the air we breathe may become polluted, our mental atmosphere can be polluted by negative thinking. If trees were not always releasing oxygen into the atmosphere, scientists tell us, all life on earth would suffer. On a smoggy day the trees along the freeway look grey and drab in the haze; they do not seem to add anything valuable to the landscape.
Yet they are performing a vital function: they are taking in our carbon dioxide and giving us oxygen in return.
A person whose mind is free from negative thinking spreads a life-giving influence in much the same way that a tree gives oxygen. Although a selfless man or woman may seem to go through the day doing nothing extraordinary, without them nothing would revitalize the atmosphere in which we think. By being vigilant, and not encouraging negative thoughts, all of us can offer this vital service - which benefits everybody, including ourselves.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to witness the mind and all of its movements or Vrittis. The Yoga Sutras state that practicing the Eight Limbs of Yoga is the key to calming the Vrittis. Study these Eight Limbs and specifically review Dharana or concentration as a practice to help you notice when you are generating a negative thought and discourage the fruition of these thoughts.
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