The Greatest Gift

May we meet one another with presence. Whether face to face, virtually, or otherwise. May we recognize the greatest present we can receive and deliver to another, our precious human life.

How do we develop the gift of presence?
First, let’s understand what we are distracted by.
Swami Abhedananda says that if we can understand the causes of difficulty and find the method in which the difficulty can be removed, then we are bound to have success. He mentions, “when the mind is well concentrated, it may be compared to a search-light.” We must converge all the rays of light, all our focus into one point. This means there is nothing outside of that light. This is the practice of yoga. Concentration is absolutely necessary in every kind of work. How can we develop our attention?

Take a look in front of you. What is the first object you see? Notice how long you can keep your focus there. Notice the mind as it roams and return to your point of attention. When you get distracted, bring your attention back to the object. Try this exercise on different days, at different times. See what shifts as you develop your concentration. You can do this with an activity such as painting, writing, and being with a loved one FULLY.

When we are with another, it is beneficial to be with them completely. Too much of our day consists of being on the phone or computer when our family or friends. Why is that? What are you prepared to do about it?

How do we develop the gift of presence?
We must advance our concentration.

Whatever you are doing, put your whole mind on it.
If you are shooting, your mind should be only on the target.
Then you will never miss.
If you are learning your lessons, think only of the lesson.

~Swami Vivekananda

Acknowledgments:
A big thank you to all the formal and informal teachers of yoga and meditation.

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