Focus – 21 Stages of Meditation
We continue our journey through the stages of meditation and our mind. This week we visit Pantanjali’s Dharana or Focus.
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We can let our upset, boredom, irritation, frustration pass and what is left of the fire branded into wood, a point of focus, concentration. We can use the practice of focussing in on our breath, mantra, mudra, a candle, etc to bring ourselves through the fog of distraction and confusion. We clean the lens of our mind to achieve clarity and focus.
The times we are living in also call for less foggy, automatic thoughts and behaviour and more clarity. Therefore the things we learn on the mat during our practice can also be used in our daily life.
Focus gives us a bigger perspective, we sit in our focussed state, we let the attachment /or the fight go. In this state of clarity and surrender everything that needs to come to us, arrives. We adjust the lens, as our attention increases so does our energy.
The questions we want to ask ourselves is what are we giving up to stayed focussed. Usually the habit of our mind is to wonder, day dreams, worry. The mind learns by doing. The more we allow ourselves to be distracted, multi-tasking, flitting through social media, checking our phone after each ping. We are training our brain to feel rewarded for being distracted. Instead train your brain to stay focussed by catching yourself when you get into a distracted habit or pattern.
Take a real break- while much of our lives revolve around absorbing information, from 24 hour news, podcasts, emails, social media. Taking in information without real assimilation as fast as possible does not make us better at our jobs, relationship or life. In fact the opposite. This constant state of doing will increase our stress levels.
To strengthen your focus, find a place free of information type distractions, whether it is a WIFI free zone, retreat space and give yourself a chance to connect outside your brain to your senses. Pick one of your senses and start to concentrate on it for 5mins. You will still be distracted but keep brining yourself back to focus. It is the patience to keep bringing ourselves back to the reality of now which will eventually train your brain to focus. A focussed life, based in reality is so much sweeter than a life of constant distraction.
Sat nam Fi xx. www.sanasuma.co.uk
This week’s classes:
Mon 31 August 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom only
Tues 1 Sept 9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom & Live Class 9 Greenlands Ln
Tues 1 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom & Live Class 145/5 Fife Rd
Tues 1 Sept 5.30-7pm Poya Gong Bath @ Live Class Prana Lounge, Horton Place.
Wed 2 Sept 5- 7.30am Sadhana (FREE) @ zoom & 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5.
Wed 2 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Fiona @zoom & Live 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5
Thurs 3 Sept 6-7.15 pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh@ zoom & Live 145/5 Fife Rd, Col5
Fri 4 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom
Sun 6 Sept 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @zoom
UK Times are 1.30pm for afternoon classes. There is a new Password for zoom classes please email for details
First online class FREE, thereafter 600Rs per class or 4000Rs 4 weeks Sri Lankan residents.
UK £5 per class or £20 for 4 weeks.
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