Choosing a Focus

Choosing a Focus (Dharana)

Dharana is defined as “keeping the attention on a single place.” This is incredibly important when in a work environment. So often we get side tracked by conversations or pulled into other projects and lose our focus on work. It is important to understand how our mind’s work so we can be efficient and effective in the workplace.

Use viveka (discernment) to choose wisely so that your object of focus means something to you. This can be a physical object, a project at work, a new business venture or an abstract idea. Commit to a chosen amount of time you want to keep your focus and stick to it. This practice will help you strengthen and train your mind to be clear and focused.


  1. Choose a coworker or friend who you would like to understand better. Sit quietly and probe into why this person behaves the way he does. Is there a way to accept this person for who he is and not react when conflict arises between the two of you?
  2. Choose one song you enjoy and listen to every single word without losing your focus.

-Excerpt and exercises inspired from Nicolai Bachman, “The Path of the Yoga Sutras”


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