This week in class we are exploring the sixth limb of Yoga: Dharana or one-pointed concentration.
All spiritual disciplines are done with a view to still the mind. The perfectly still mind is universal spirit.
- Swami Ramdas
Meditation is the regular, systematic training of attention to turn inward and dwell continuously on a single focus within consciousness. With practice, we can become so absorbed in the object of our contemplation that while we are meditating, we forget ourselves completely. In that
when we may be said to be empty of ourselves, we are utterly full of what we
are dwelling on. This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we
Eventually, meditation will make our mind calm, clear, and as concentrated as a laser which we can focus at will. This capacity of one-pointed attention is the essence of genius. When we have this mastery over attention in everything we do, we have a genius for life itself: unshakable security, clear judgment, and deep personal relationships.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to bring the same kind of attention that you use to maintain balance in your Asana practice to some of your regular daily activities. Try to be as present as possible while you brush your teeth or when you are eating. Work to bring Dharana, one-pointed concentration to these activities. Then work to generalize this "mastery over attention" to everything else in life.
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