This has inspired me to start 2015 with a practise that will help you throughout this year as well as the next and the next and the next...you can see where I am going with that.
This practise is called Drishti. A way to focus your gaze and practise concentrated intention, something that could benefit everyone as you enter into a new year.
By fixing the gaze on a still point, your mind can also assume the characteristics of that still point – stable and balanced. When you practise drishti regularly, the mind will soften and relax, unwind and clear. This creates a sense of calm abiding and the mind is able to think clearer and process more intelligently. Which means better, wiser decisions are made – perhaps better, wiser NEW YEAR decisions?
When you restrict your visual focus to one still point, your attention isn’t dragged from object to object. Without these distractions, it’s much easier to notice the internal wanderings of your mind and be calm enough to maintain balance of the body and mind.
Drishti is practised through exercises called tratakas – these exercises also aid in memory retention, improve eye sight, aid in curing mental tensions and psychosomatic problems:
1. Sit in a comfortable posture on the floor or a chair.
2.Place an object at eye level, something that you can comfortably gaze at.
3. Focus on the object, no blinking for a few seconds or till tears appear in either or both eyes. Blink eyes.
4. Rest your eyes by closing the eyelids and then repeat the exercise again again.
5. The length of time you can hold your gaze will increase when you practise regularly.
6. When you are comfortable with an eye open gaze, then you are ready for Drishti, which is practised by softening your gaze on the object, allowing the eyes to blink naturally, guide the mind, and the senses soften towards their attachment on the external environment around them and focus on bringing the mind and body to a state of clarity and focused intent.
This is one way to unclutter the mind and regain some order. Think of it as your January 2015 mind spring clean!
See you next month
Metta Kim oxo
Kim White is the owner of Sala Samadhi. she offers authentic Hatha yoga instruction for private and group sessions. Contact: www.mindbodyyogasystem.com or 086 276 9174.
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