Finding Your Drishti: Focusing on What Really Matters

by Brooke Wilson

Eyes, breath, then body. You cannot expect your body to move without a little direction. Your eyes must find a focal point- a drishti. That’s Sanskrit for point-of-view. A clear, objective perspective that enables you to see the world as it really is. Where our eyes go, our attention and energy follows. In this busy, distracting world we oftentimes get wrapped up with doing before being. We crave routines and schedules and progress and we’re becoming immune to the things that really matter. When was the last time you created an intention before acting? When was the last time someone reminded you the greater purpose and meaning behind your mundane, stressful work? I hope these experiences have found you recently.

See, y’all, yoga is more than glorified stretching! I have been learning these things and more on my mat lately. It took me a good year to learn the language and stop worrying if I was doing it right. Isn’t that similar to year one, or two, or three as a new professional? These habits are easy to slip back into, which is why we should not try to conquer it all on our own. So, community. We hear it a lot and talk about it with our students even more, but how are we finding it in our own lives? I don’t just mean a few good colleagues you go to happy hour (or yoga) with- I’m talking real relationships with people who gently challenge your thinking and radically encourage your soul. The life-giving, nourishing conversations and communities we all crave, whether we realize it or not.

While my family and friends have gotten me through the bulk of it this first year, there have been a few things I’ve had to encounter alone. The internal work. This is where it gets good. I have been reading a lot of Parker Palmer lately and one thing he is big on is going in and down, rather than out and up. It’s a little opposite of what we see when we observe institutional and political leadership and maybe counterintuitive to how the world views success, but I would argue this is the most important piece. It is one thing to be self-aware, but it is a whole other ballgame to possess the consciousness that comes from going within and wading through the junk to find the bliss.

So where’s your drishti? What are you focusing on lately? Sometimes we have to look past ourselves to see the point of it all. Not just the meaning behind our work, but to see the work for what it really

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