Do we spend our attention capital the way we want, in a sustainable and fulfilling fashion, or are we at the mercy of outside influences? And most importantly, how can we change the status quo so that we reclaim our attention?
Actually, the methods and practices are already there. They have been there for thousands of years, but in the last century, they have become accessible to everyone the world over. These methods are the ancient practices for the mind, which are usually called meditation or Raja Yoga. The purpose of these methods is to withdraw thoughts from all sides and orient them towards the source of all existence, so that the power from that source starts flowing into the person meditating. Through these meditative practices, attention is very simply reclaimed.
What is the first step in this process? It is to bring our attention inwards towards the cherished goal – this we know as pratyahara in yoga. Then we learn to regulate thoughts, by distilling the essence of thinking from scattered, chaotic multi-directional thinking to single-pointed thinking, in an effortless way. We reduce the constant background chatter of the mind. That, in itself, is a wonderful skill, but it is also not yet meditation, only the prelude to meditation that we know as dharana in yoga.
The effortless focus of our thinking then needs to be given a direction – meditation on our chosen object of attention. In Heartfulness Meditation, attention is directed gently towards the infinite centre of our being, the divine light in the heart. In the process, as we dive inwards, we first connect with the intuitive world of feeling. This in turn helps us to dive deeper still, so that we experience inner being. And eventually, inner identity dissolves, so that there is a state of oneness with everyone and everything. We access universal states of consciousness and go beyond consciousness. Through this journey, we start to understand the real purpose of human life. And it is all made possible by simple meditation on the heart, supported by yogic transmission, which helps to uncover our human potential and birthright. As we start imbibing this yogic transmission, we start resonating with the source of the transmission. This, in turn, triggers the ripple effect of spreading wherever there is receptivity. As a result, the mind becomes a useful instrument for everyday living. We reclaim our attention. And, let’s face it; attention is what is constantly being hacked in our digital age. Managing attention has become more vital than
managing time. So regaining mastery over attention through meditation is a great gift.
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