Stop dreaming. Live consciously.

Inattention and scattered thinking are the evils of our civilisation.

This dispersion rapidly destroys our personality, and refocusing our mental faculties is how to rebuild it. This is what yogis refer to as dhãranã, generally translated as concentration, although this translation is debated.

The image of the wheel, used in this connection, helps us to understand what is happening. The hub around which the wheel turns is fixed. If we are located at the hub, we are centred, and from there, we can reach the rim of the spinning wheel through the spokes that converge towards the centre. But if we are on the rim when the wheel turns, our situation is precarious, and our balanced position is challenging to maintain.

This is what we do when we spread ourselves too thin, getting caught up in the whirlwind of life, trying to reach everything at once, in every direction and away from our centre. When this happens, the first remedy is to refocus on the belly.This is where the body’s centre of gravity is located and where we naturally find the breathing that is of particular interest to the vital part of us.

Then we come back to our heads, to the steering wheel. From there, we must pay attention and live in the present moment. There’s no need to wait for the yoga class once a week. As soon as you get out of bed, you must try to be there to live in the present moment consciously. Being present in the present is the practice of the conscious act.

Every thought, every image is born of an impulse, an emotion, a desire, which originate on the one hand from the stimuli coming from the world of form in which we live, and on the other hand from what comes up from our subconscious and unconscious.

The unconscious is like the tip of the iceberg, i.e. it’s something huge (…). It is the result of all these forces that drives us to act. It’s understandable that we are more often « acted » than consciously acting with full knowledge of the facts.

We must modestly grasp the impulse when it reaches the level of our consciousness. It then translates into an image, a thought, which in turn manifests itself in words and actions. To practise the conscious act is to be present when we act, when we pick up an object, when we walk, when we eat, and so on. On this subject, let’s recall the Zen master’s response to his disciple who asked him the question: “Master, what did you do to reach this state of Realisation? And the master replied: “When I eat, I eat; when I walk, I walk, …..”. The Zen master advocated the conscious act (…).

Let’s get into the habit, every day, of performing as many of these conscious acts as possible. It may seem tedious at first, but very soon, it will become an exciting game. It’s the very game of life. The act becomes precise and efficient and is then carried out with minimal effort. So much energy is saved by eliminating unnecessary gestures. How much time is saved when, for example, we no longer have to look everywhere for the ignition key when it’s time to leave, because we’ve “consciously” put it away in a place we remember!

(Extract from “Un art de vivre” published by Le Courrier du livre in Paris. Roger Clerc (1908-1998) was a pioneer in the spread of yoga in Europe, co-founder of the F.N.E.Y., founder of Yoga de l’Énergie, and author of numerous books.)

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