Attention & Devotion
This is powerful stuff, attention & devotion. Olympic athletes, yogis, academics, explorers, and adventurers who achieve unthinkable and mind-blowing feats have always focused attention over time. The result is always a devotion to a journey that is beyond themselves, and is a powerful source of manifestation. Think of any great person you admired who achieved something incredible and you’ll see clear evidence of attention & devotion. Unfortunately, you could also say the same thing about the people who achieved great acts of evil.
Attention attracts devotion.
This law of attraction is always at work, with profound results-good or bad-based on the decisions, conscious or unconscious of where we focus our energetic attention. Once you keep this dynamic in mind, it becomes obvious that focusing on a diet or losing weight keeps a level of devotion to that lifestyle instead of moving beyond it. In the same way constant attention to perceived flaws keeps the spotlight on those imperfections and casts shadows on everything else. It was happening to me in my yoga practice recently.
I had been in the same rut of taking a class or two a week and eventually began to focus attention on all of the poses that I still was not achieving after 14 years of practice. I was becoming frustrated at what I still could not do, and let’s face it; that becomes a boring practice. Then I heard Mary Oliver say,
“Attention is the beginning of devotion.”
So, I changed things up.
I setup a permanent space on my back porch to do my yoga, where my mat is always unrolled, just waiting for me come and practice. I often sit there in my pajamas with my coffee in hand and get the kinks out. Now that the mat is a permanent fixture I see it from the kitchen sink as I do dishes, I see it from this very desk as I write this post. I see it when I’ve been watching TV too long. And sometimes I just turn the TV off now and end the day with some forward bends. The attention created by my mat just being visible to me over time has resulted in 100% more home practice, the progress I was looking for in my practice, and the manifestation of a home yoga practice that I always wanted.
Consider any creative ways you can focus more attention on those things that you want to manifest this year – be it reading, yoga, fitness, cooking healthy food – whatever that may be for you- find any way that you can to devote more attention to that goal consistently and persistently, and watch the magic of devotion unfold over time.
Last week I was able to stand up from backbend, and today, to hold handstand longer than I have ever been able to. Evaluate how your attention is focused in your life; determine if it’s focused on what ‘s not happening, and try shifting attention over time to actions that will get you where you want to be. Who knows what could happen?