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"Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind" ~ Patanjali
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Do you truly have "FOCUS"?

Dharana is the sixth limb of yoga. The word 'Dharana' simply means 'unbending concentration of mind'. Working with complete focus and concentration is something that satisfies each person at the maximum. Each of us, feels a sense of frustration, when we are not able to focus. The inability to focus may be because our minds are racing with ideas, judgments, worries, songs, or even memories. The main idea underlying Dharana, is the ability to focus on something (uninterrupted both by external or internal distractions).

Dharana is a form of meditation (or if you'd prefer to call it "Sitting quietly"),  that can be called receptive concentration. A set of conditions are created that help the mind focus in one direction and object, rather than concentrating in many directions, thereby diverting the mind. The term 'Dharana' is given to both the practice of deep concentration and the state in which you achieve deep concentration. Ideally, in a perfect world, 'Dharana' should be performed at every moment of the day to gain utmost control of both your body and mind. Like everything in yoga, this is a "practice" and takes time to work towards.

Benefits Of Dharana
Dharana aims at setting up the mind, by focusing it upon some stable item. Any object selected for practicing has no role to play in the meditation process. The object is only used to focus on, to stop the mind from wandering - through memories, dreams, or reflective thought - by intentionally holding it on one object.

Dharana helps in channeling one's thoughts on a certain thing. It makes sure that you reach a level of awareness in anything you do, by focusing on every step you take. Dharana works with the objective to achieve the mental state, where the mind, intellect, and ego are controlled. The mind becomes purified by the practices. It becomes able to focus efficiently on one subject or point of experience. Dharana also helps in the fluctuations of the mind.

My favorite book on this subject is "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin S. Sharma. Not only is this one of the best book titles you'll ever come across, seriously how great is that title?!? It's also an incredible read, you won't want to stop! It reads as a story.
Here's a link to purchase it on Amazon, you will not regret this purchase:



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