As a strong wind sweeps away a boat on water, even one of the roaming sense on which the mind focuses can carry away a man’s intelligence.
Bhagavad Gita 2.67
How often do you have a goal? Work hard on it, only to find yourself scrolling down Facebook for twenty minutes. It happens to all of us. This is our sense and desires trying to find a quick fix and straying away from the harder job at hand. This happens to all of us probably daily.
We have been engineered this way. Slowly but surely conditioned to lose our focus. Distractions that keep our mind engaged often in negative energies. Often falling prey to gossip or fear mongering news. Slowly taking us out of the present moment into a anxious fearful state.
So what can we do?
As they say “Take the power back”. We have full control of what we do with our time. We may not be able to fully remove ourselves from social media. It can even be a great resource if used correctly. Think about your core values. From that you can start to control your feed. Removing or unfollowing posts that don’t align with you. Removing businesses and maybe setting times you check your emails, alerts and messages.
What about the rest of the noise?
Creating a practice of mindfulness is also a handy tool. We are not yogis living in caves away from society. We are fully engaged in the chaos. We can work on being a light within the madness. Real change start from within. Developing a early morning practice of meditation not only builds focus it changes mindsets.
In my own personal life this practice of meditation has changed me completely. Becoming sober, being more involved in charity’s and really having focus and clarity in my life. There’s many ways to practice meditation and mindfulness. I am going to share what I do.
Over the years I have tried many forms of meditation but two have always stood out. Japa meditation is the most effective in my practice. Sometimes it’s referred to as mantra meditation and many other names. This is where you chant a mantra in your mind or out loud. You may use a Mala or just say it. It doesn’t really matter especially at first.
This practice really helps create focus. So what mantra to use? Well there’s thousands. I personally chant on the Maha mantra. Which is said to be the great mantra of this age to bring liberation to the mind and soul. It’s a simple three words spoken in a order. Hare which represents the Devine feminine, Krishna meaning the all attractive and Rama which represents pleasure. It is said as Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Made famous on the late 60s by the Hare Krishna movement but chanted for hundreds of years in India.
This may be to much at first. A simple but powerful Mantra is just Om. Om is the sound of the Devine, God , Source or what ever else you choose to call it. Ether of these mantras will bring peace to the mind.
So give these ideas a try. See how you feel and always move forward with love. Om tat sat.