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One of Swami Kriyananda’s first music recordings was called, “Say ‘YES’ to Life!” Saying “yes” enthusiastically is the best way to increase your energy. Whatever we do with enthusiasm will be magnetic, which is why we always see dynamic energy in magnetic people. A second trait of successful people is high focus or concentration of energy. In many cases of true genius, the focus reaches such levels of concentration that they’re unaware of the need to eat or even to sleep until their project is done. On a very minor scale, sometimes when I am concentrating on painting a picture, I will become aware, some hours later, of the fact that my legs have been asleep. So, we have two key elements, enthusiasm and focus.
But we also have to remove the impediments to the flow of energy. Here is an example: Fiber optic cables are made of hair-thin strands of ultra-pure glass. A laser pulse can travel over a hundred miles through one of those strands before it must again be amplified. There are two critical factors both of which are also important to a successful life. The first is that the glass must be as pure as possible. Any distortions or impurities will block or deflect the flow of photons. In us, these impediments are things like pride, or lack of confidence, or negativity, or, in fact, any egocentric thoughts. The reason we enjoy movies or sports is because we focus deeply and forget ourselves.
The second vital element in a fiber optic cable is a mirror-like covering, which keeps the photons from straying off course. For us this means we must learn to redirect our thoughts back to the task at hand. A good tool for this is to set a kitchen timer for a period of uninterrupted concentration. While it is running, don’t multitask, don’t space out, keep your mind focused. Just do what you need to do.
So here is the simple formula:
1) Be enthusiastic about whatever you are doing.
2) Forget yourself and focus on the task alone.
3) If your mind wanders, bring it back. And
4) Stay with one thing until you finish it.
Does this sound like the same advice we would give to someone trying to deepen his meditations? Yes, of course. Our spiritual life and our everyday routines are cut of the same cloth. It is all God’s light.
With joy, Nayaswami Jyotish