At present and in what we do in daily life we are exposed to innumerable media and information sources that are constantly diverting, distracting and dispersing our attention, when this happens our energy is also dispersed, because attention is nothing more than the energy mental of thought focused on a specific point.
If our attention is constantly being dispersed, we cannot fully live the activities we are doing, whatever the activity, everything remains fragmented into percentages of multiple and superficial experiences, for example: if I am reading a book with the television already on At the same time I am aware of the mobile answering messages from time to time, my attention is fragmented in the television, the book, the mobile and what may happen in the environment... so that none of the three activities is lived and experienced in a full.
It is proven that the mind can only do one thing with full attention at a time, but its speed is such that it can process large amounts of information in microseconds, so it has the capacity, nature and ability to jump from one subject to another indiscriminately. and thus gradually solve the tasks that are required... But when this happens, the potential for discernment and experience decreases considerably (that is why there is a tendency to lower the volume of the music when we are parking a car or in a situation that requires all our attention). If our experience of the activities we are carrying out is poor and superficial, it can produce a feeling of inner emptiness, as if we had not conscientiously carried out any of the three activities, neither watching television, nor reading (understanding) the book, nor answering the messages in an appropriate way... And as if it were a drug, this lack of full experience and a feeling of emptiness asks us for even more activity and information inputs to fill the inner hole, the fish that bites its tail...
Through the practice of meditation, asana exercises and conscious breathing, we can gradually cultivate and develop the ability to act mindfully in each activity we are doing, as well as maintain this attention for longer periods without getting caught up in it. or distracted by other factors that may demand our attention.
If this ability to act with full awareness is strengthened, inner serenity increases simultaneously and by the same inertia of the fish that bites its tail, but inversely, mindfulness favors serenity and serenity allows it to develop. more attention and awareness in activities, which translates into a life richer in experience, with less stress, greater clarity and power of discernment, when the mind is serene it is easier to give practical and clear solutions to the challenges that we face present life, which will inevitably also translate into a more balanced and stable state of mind... and let's not forget that health in general is closely related to emotions.
It is not surprising that in the current hypermedia society in which we live there is an increasing interest in resorting to these ancient practices such as meditation, asana exercises and conscious breathing, (among others) in order to counteract and balance this excess of information to which we are exposed.
A good practice that correctly follows the guidelines proposed by these ancient techniques to promote mindfulness will lead us gradually, but surely, towards that state of yoga, where we can find harmony and balance between our human dimension and our spiritual dimension.
Written by: Keshava