Drishti is a soft focused gaze intentionally set.
A regular yoga practice cultivates an ever-present all-pervading sense of space and peace. With daily faithfulness, I show up on my mat in a sacred act of loving kindness and compassion. I spend time with me. I give myself permission to rest. I give myself permission to sigh. I give myself permission to stop thinking. I give myself permission to stop evaluating. I give myself permission to surrender to this now moment. I set my focus on my breath and I notice. What does it feel like to breathe? What is the quality of my inhale? What is the quality of my exhale? I give myself permission to be fully present in my physical body within the simple familiar space of my studio.
Drishti can be like this. An exotic noun out there somewhere. A point I can look at. I can get etheric and esoteric - the vata is strong in me. And yet, I love the simply sophisticated beauty of practical application. Of transforming a noun into a verb, a practice. So, from today on, I'll show up on my yoga mat with intention. May I set my drishti as the devotion of my entire yoga practice. Based on past experience, I know for a fact that when I set my intention, and then practice with loving devotion, my peace increases, my awareness deepens and my grounding grows deeper with each conscious ujjayi breath I take.
Shift your vision and recreate drishti from a place into a physical embodied action. Cultivate your own inner awareness of being. Keep your eyes on your block. Listen to the sound of your ujjayi breath. Anchor your gaze to your block with every changing pose. Pause at the end of each breath-movement. Hold your gaze, surrender, let time rest, be still and know. Feel what you feel. Without needing anything to change of be different. Without rushing up into your head to tell yourself a story. Feel alive, connected, inspired, at peace, refreshed and empowered.
Go from a human being looking at drishti, to a human being drishti. Set your eyesight, your physical eyeballs, on what you want to have happen. Remove your attention from what you don't want to have happen. Now soften the edges of your vision. Integrate your peripheral vision into your conscious field of vision. Soften the focus of your eyes and encompass more right here, right now. What is the texture of your focal point? What color is it? What other physical attributes can you perceive? See what you see. Embrace all that is just as it is right now.
Focus is power. Where your attention goes your energy flows. Reality and manifestation is what you are, not what you see. Reinvigorate your yoga practice by returning to liberating simplicity. Practice your drishti. Clear out the clutter of repetitive thoughts and disempowering feelings. Choose one focus at a time; on purpose through the will of your intention. Focus on the one task at hand. Set your gaze lovingly upon your goal. Devote yourself to your practice joyfully in service to all true love. Practice drishti on your mat. Practice drishti off your mat. Get more done and feel more joy on your journey.
Focus on the here now, present, in peace, without anxiety. Access your ease and clarity through the power of your focus. My drishti practice brings me stillness and peace. It is my access point to the eye of the storm in the midst of my life swirling all around me. My focus is my ability to access infinite possibility and accomplish something awesome. Focus isn't out there, somewhere where I am not, waiting for me in a pill. Focus is something I can set an intention to practice. Focus is my joyful daily practice of being.
And when I do practice my drishti with passionate devotion, just for the joy of being, then I am truly unstoppable. And yet, I also see more too. I stop living in the anxiety-producing delusion of multitasking. I focus on less and enjoy doing more.
Om Namah Shivaya,