Dharana is defined as “keeping the attention on a single place.” Use viveka (discernment) to choose carefully and wisely so that it means something to you. This can be a physical object, a project at work, a new business venture or an abstract idea. Commit to an allotted 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.
This is particularly important in the work space as you juggle multiple projects. It’s easy to get distracted when a coworker comes up to you, an email pops up or the phone rings. Make an effort to minimize distractions for the allotted amount of time you have given yourself and see how it benefits the quality and quantity of work you produce.
Choose one project that you’re working on and set aside 30 minutes. Minimize distractions (put your phone in another room, turn off notifications, close the door or drapes) and see how this enhances your quality and quantity of work.
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?
Choose one song from our playlist and choose to listen to every single word without losing your focus.
-Excerpt and exercises inspired from Nicolai Bachman, “The Path of the Yoga Sutras”
Dharana is something that we focus on in our Office Yoga® classes. This simple practice benefits the employees and company overall by minimizing distractions and producing better quality of work and a faster rate from employees.
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