At the end of Lesson 1 we were busy being still. Now it’s time to arise smoothly from our reclining positions—or in my case, lumber up with the grace of an arthritic elephant—and move to task number two.
As my yoga teacher said, “Decide what you’re going to focus on.”
Let’s just pause here a moment and let that sink in.
Does it ever occur to you that you need to decide what you’re going to focus on? In other words, do you think about what you’re thinking about? I find that if I don’t determine a focus, my unruly mind finds one for me—and it’s never anything useful or helpful. Quite the opposite, as a rule. Then I need, to quote one of my favorite Nicole C. Mullen songs, a “B.R.A.I.N. double wash.”
Focus isn’t easy, but it is necessary. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.” (Sounds kind of violent, doesn’t it?)
So here’s what I learned about focus from my yoga class:
- Focus is a decision.
- You must not only decide to focus, you have to decide what to focus on.
- You will lose focus at some point. It happens to everyone. Just refocus and keep going.
- Focus is like a TV remote: it’s easy to lose but without it, nothing changes.