The Inner Drishti

In yoga, a Drishti is your point of focus and “a means of developing concentrated intention”. Yogis usually refer to this as a physical point of focus, something to hold your gaze, so that you don’t lose your balance. For example, in a balancing pose, such as tree, or vrikshasana, you might stare at a still spot on a wall to assist with balance.

However, what if we apply this same concept to our inward focus?:

  • Where do hold your inner gaze?
  • What are you focused on?
  • What are you thinking and believing?
  • Does your inner Drishti facilitate balance in your life, or does it do the opposite?

Meditation conditions us to be mindful observers of our inner world. While in meditation, we can’t help but notice the thoughts that run through our minds. According to a psychological study from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, via studying the brain through MRI scans, they estimate we have 6,200 thoughts per day.

The majority of these thoughts are not conscious, which means that many of our thoughts are happening and affecting us without us consciously realizing them. Many of those thoughts are benign and useful, they keep us functioning without having to be fully consciously engaged in everything we do. However, many of our thoughts are repeated negative stories that do not facilitate balance and growth.

When we practice holding our focus in meditation, naturally, we start to become more aware of the thoughts that run through our minds. You may begin to observe with greater awareness the thoughts that are most frequent. By recognizing their presence, we are able to be more objective with our own minds.

And you can imagine, that the more aware you are of our thoughts, the more you are in control of them.

I would recommend incorporating even 5 minutes a day, every day, to see more balance in your life. Consistency is key, so try it for a week and see what happens.