Day 35 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.35 Visayavati va pravtttirutpanna manasah sthitinibandhani: Or you can still the mind by focusing on what you experience through the senses. The second alternative Patanjali offers to devotion to the divine as a subject for meditation is concentrating fully on what you perceive through one of your senses. Whichever sense you pick, through intense practice (as in, a couple of days at a time continuously, without eating) it is said that you develop extraordinary ability with that sense. You could concentrate on the tip of the nose, and over time, develop an amazing sense of smell – they say there is even a particular scent that you start to pick up over time. Similarly, focusing on the tip of the tongue will develop your ability to taste, and you’re said to experience a nice taste without having eaten anything. The middle of the tongue is associated with our sense of touch and the root of the tongue is associated with sound. While these extraordinary abilities are hardly the be all and end all of yoga, the process of developing them helps to train the mind, and the outcome of achieving something as astounding as that provides faith that yoga “works” – that if something like that can be achieved, that maybe even enlightenment is possible and can happen. I dare someone to give it a go this weekend and see how it goes! Anyone?!
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