Yoga for the Mind: Just pay attention

Sounds simple. Are you doing it?

Exploring Energy - Week 7

Just pay attention to your breath,
 anything you wish can happen.  Sadhguru

This week we are directing our attention to paying attention - paying attention to our breath first and foremost and some tools & tricks on how to remind ourselves to actually do so.

Sadhguru speaks about this in his Youtube video - he explains: "It is amazing how most human beings live without being aware of the breath... the essential problem of (the) human situation is a certain lack of attention. If the necessary attention is there, if the keenness of the attention and the intensity of the attention is substantial, you can open just about any door in this universe. How keen is your intension, or how intense, how much energy (is) behind your intention - this all (is) that determines this...."

It is so easy: With paying attention to our breath we can take control of our mind and body, our emotions, our energy levels - with being in control of our breath, we are de facto in control of our whole life.

One of the best quotes about this comes from an unknown source: "When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace."
 In order to be able to take control of our breath, paying attention to our breath comes first. And that is where most people get lost already, because breath happens automatically, as we all know, whether we pay attention to it or not. The quality of our breath though, and with it, the quality of our lives is dependent on whether we pay attention to our breath or not.

The reward of paying attention to our breath is huge: "Anything you wish can happen" if you "just pay attention to your breath"! With learning to pay attention to our breath, we are simultaneously training ourselves to paying proper attention to anything in life really.

How can we remind ourselves to actually pay attention to our breath in the first place since it is happening so naturally and automatically and so easily can go unnoticed? One tool is to make it a habit to begin and end the day with a certain number of deep, slow, long, and conscious breaths. Maybe start with just 3 of those after waking up and 3 of those before going to sleep. You will soon notice how difficult it actually is to keep your awareness focused enough to even count to 10 of those breaths without letting the mind slip away to whatever it has a tendency to slip away to.

Sadhguru: "Anything you wish can happen" if you "just pay attention to your breath"! With learning to pay attention to our breath, we are simultaneously training ourselves to paying proper attention to anything in life really.

Another tool is to commit to practicing a certain breathing technique every day - for just 5 minutes would be sufficient for a start. Setting aside just 5 minutes per day for such a practice can already be life-changing.

And here is a trick - a nice little trick for how to trick yourself into directing your awareness towards your breath: Every time you get annoyed by someone or something use that as a reminder to direct your awareness to your breath - and watch your annoyance dissolve... a very nice side effect of making this effort. Alternatively, every time you feel really good about something take this as an opportunity to direct your awareness to your breath and truly savour feeling good by deepening your breath. Breathing in the goodness of life, the enjoyment, and letting it spread throughout your whole body, your whole being. A truly blissful, nurturing, and healing feeling and experience.

 

 

Image at top of page:  Sadhguru on Youtube

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