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Set your drishti, find your keys! Set your drishti, find your ease.

Have you ever been looking for your keys and you finally realize that you have them in your hand?

Or looking for your sunglasses and eventually discover they are ON YOUR HEAD?

This happens to me when I am hurrying. This happens to me when I feel like I have more to do than I can get done in time. Do you know what else happens to me when I feel rushed or overwhelmed? I spill my smoothie. I stub my toe. I accidentally kick the dog. OOPS.

For several years I actually worried that I had some undiscovered disease or possibly a brain tumor. I was often dizzy. I had trouble remembering where I was going and what I was doing. My hands were not cooperating with my brain. I broke a drinking glass about once a week getting ready in the morning.

Spending time worrying over my condition, left me feeling nervous and restless. I thought about it so much, I finally decided to do something about it. Because...“Do the thing and you will have the power.”

First I slowed down my mornings. I got up early, so I could take my time. This seemed to give me some relief.

I was still making messes and feeling distracted. The BIG relief, and what I feel is the ultimate medicine, came when I learned to put my attention on one thing at a time.

Drishti is the practice of seeing one thing. It begins by actually looking at one point in space. Your physical focus tells your brain that it’s time to concentrate. It soothes the monkey mind. Concentration can re-shape your thoughts, burn away resistance, and add direction in times of overwhelm.

I believe drishti is the most effective and simplest way to alleviate attention deficit or uplift sullen moods.

When I put my attention on one thing, I am able to see where I am tense or overworking. I can feel my hands gripping the steering wheel too tight and notice when I am clenching my teeth. I am able to add in ease because I can see when it is not present.

It’s so simple and yet takes rigor to keep drishti. My mind has been trained to avoid commitment and to avoid digging into what’s actually happening. I have so many seemingly pleasant distractions why would I bother to do this disciplined work? Trust me, it’s worth the work!

I have seen and felt the benefits of commitment and I want more benefits! I have witnessed my task lists getting done quicker because I am paying attention.

My relationships have a deeper quality and I feel ease around people because I am paying attention.

I can find my keys quickly. I can keep the kitchen clean. I feel ease without the clutter of my things and my thoughts.

Give yourself the gift of paying attention. Be kind to yourself when you notice you’ve lost drishti. As soon as you notice, you’ve won. Reset drishti and find the ease.  

 


Written by Michelle Ramseth
Michelle has been leading peak performers and people committed to excellence for over 20 years. She leads teacher training, assistant training, and uplifting and challenging yoga classes. She creates opportunities for people to see beyond their limiting beliefs and live a big life. 

 


 

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