Our attention is the vehicle of our consciousness. It represents and manifests the states of our consciousness. These states include the states of deep sleep, awakening, regular existence, and the higher state of consciousness that we attain during Sahaja meditation. In this higher state, we perceive the spiritual realm of the universe by connecting our spiritual being with the all-pervading energy of the universe.
Most other forms of meditation lead to benefits, with attention being in the lower and regular state of consciousness. Sahaja is distinguished by the fact that he draws our attention to the higher spiritual realm, which renowned psychologists such as Carl Jung also refer to as the collective unconscious.
This makes monitoring and managing our attention the most important aspect of our meditation practice. And not just during every meditation session, but the entire time we are awake. Focusing on and controlling our attention is vital for a meditator. Although in Sahaja a large part is done spontaneously by the power of the rising Kundalini energy.
Real meditation requires good attention control.
"Watch out," as our teachers said at school. This is what is necessary for good meditation – steady and focused attention. During our meditation, we should not only focus our attention on the moment and on certain parts of our subtle energy system (our chakras and energy channels), but also monitor and regulate it regularly, even when we are not meditating.
Our attention control and our meditation success are interdependent. Better attention control leads to better meditation and vice versa. It is a spiral effect and we can go up or down the spiral depending on the focus, perseverance and persistence in our meditation routine.
Attention control problems can impede precise movement into the meditative state. It can cause oscillations between our usual cognitive state and the higher state of consciousness. These fluctuations or fluctuations are the reason why we keep getting thoughts when we meditate, when we are supposed to feel complete inner silence. Many meditators report that their primary challenge in meditation is to consistently remain in the state of thoughtless awareness.
Our attention can be gradually increased over time, aided by the practice of Sahaja meditation. This, in turn, can make the experience of Sahaja meditation even deeper.
It is also important where we focus our attention when we are not meditating.
Our thoughts are waves or disturbances in our attention that result from our participation and indulgences. Living an everyday life means we have to be involved in many things, but over-focusing on certain things or our attachments can cause these waves to grab our attention. Memories from the past or thoughts about the future can distract our attention and return during our meditation. If we focus on negative news, or anything in general, anything negative can also upset the balance of our attention. Excessive indulgence in trivial or material things can also cause this. In general, our attention can swing back and forth from emotional to cognitive activity, leaving only a very small gap in between so that it can relax and enjoy the silence or stillness within us.
The means is to control our attention to be largely focused on positive things, events, and pursuits in life. We should regulate our alertness through introspection when we are overly focusing on something. Where we direct our eyes is also extremely important, as much of the negativity in our attention enters through our eyes and then affects our Agnya chakra. It can also be very helpful to get rid of insignificant things and events quickly.
Longer and deeper meditation sessions
While our attention control can give us a great experience during our meditation, the persistence of our meditation routine and longer meditation sessions so the Kundalini energy can clear chakras leads to a better state of our chakras. This in turn can lead to a stronger connection to the higher state and stabilize our attention. The stabilized and steadier attention then gradually leads to an even deeper meditation. Then the positive upward spiral effect begins in our life.
Collective meditation sessions quickly charge and refine our attention.
It is obvious that we are left to our own devices and are likely to do more of the same things that make our alertness deteriorate rather than improve. Watching Netflix or hearing the disturbing news around us is a lot easier than exploring spirituality. When you prioritize collective meditation sessions and attend as many as possible, your attention will be recharged, refreshed and refocused, and more focused on higher goals and spirituality in life. Adding collective meditation sessions to your weekly schedule will help you keep your priorities in life.
Using nature to clear attention
Being outdoors with nature, especially sitting on the earth with a view of the vast sky, is a great way to clear our attention and chakras. When our attention has a greater proportion of nature and natural things compared to screen time and man-made things, it is generally strengthened.
The role of the liver
The liver is the seat of our attention and the most important organ for filtering toxins and removing heat from our blood. When the liver becomes heated or overworked (not just due to poor diet or physiological health, but poor attention control), we begin to have shaky and unsteady alertness. Regular meditation stabilizes our attention, eliminates anxiety, restlessness and worry and therefore causes fewer thoughts, which reduces the pressure on the liver and attention. Cooling the liver down through meditation and ice packs helps the liver a lot. Eating the Right Foods – Limiting foods like red meat and other hard-to-digest, unnatural, or highly processed foods or toxins in the foods can put less pressure on our livers and improve our alertness. Be wary of mental exhaustion and over-thinking – these can overheat your liver again.
After all, good quality, as well as rest and sleep, also play a key role in stabilizing attention.
Our attention, and especially the enlightened attention attained through spiritual meditation techniques, can be the greatest asset in our lives. It is central to our meditation practice and our general wellbeing. Care can make a huge difference in the quality of our lives.