“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ~ Pantanjali
A friend of mine sent me this lovely quote from Pantanjali (who is purported to have authored the Yoga Sutras) and I am pleased to admit that it really got me thinking.
For starters, I love the idea that a shift in attention can lead to an expansion of both consciousness and capability. The way in which we focus our attention either binds or loosens our inherent capacity for the expression of beauty, strength and wisdom.
Rare is the person who, once ignited by a great purpose or an extraordinary project, maintains the flame through to fruition. For most, attention wanders, vision dims and passion fizzles. If great care is not taken, the clarion call to greatness that once titillated the hearer is lost in the din of prisoner’s cups clanking on the bars of their own making.
The world is full of distractions that will consume your attention if you let them. You must deliberately place your attention in a direction that matters.
An open door is set before you, that only you can shut.