A Greater Person

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.

14 thoughts on “A Greater Person

  1. “ 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.”

    Gregg, this spoke to my heart. All the dreams & visions that God has given me requires the care of an egg that can easily be broken unless held with gentle and open hands. Thank you for your inspiration & radiant energy.

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  2. Joshua

    Everything that has brought us to this point (over 750 daily attention grabbers!!!), your steady provision of altitude inspiring considerations, is greatly appreciated. Step through that door, that has been so carefully set, will I.

    Thanks, Gregg!


  3. Thank you for the beautiful reminder. We can slip into dimness when we allow ourselves to default to the distractions of the world. It is good to see that we can be in the midst of the world putting first things first filling our worlds with the light we are here to bring.


  4. Colin

    The ability to maintain progress on the way to a goal is one of the greatest things that you can learn to do. There was a post you made about vision a few months ago, I took that and was able to clearly define a vision through a set of general principles. That has been awesome when I feel like I am losing focus, or losing the fire necessary to achieve my goals. I can just center back on that goal. That way I never have to worry about purposeless movement, or distraction from the irrelevant. If it isn’t movement in the direction of the vision, it’s not necessary.


  5. Vincent

    All genuine inspiration includes an element of awakening. The difficulty is that people tend to wake up and then draft back to sleep, especially when pressures mount or things don’t seem to work out as expected. It takes courage and honesty to regularly refocus one’s deepest concerns so that wakefulness is maintained. From an awakened condition it becomes not only possible but entirely natural to mobilize one’s capacities toward a refreshed vision of the goal. The quote you shared illuminates this so well.


  6. MMc

    I love this quote. I think the ability to focus is an advantage that extraordinary achievers use. It’s a capacity that’s deliberately developed. I also think even when it’s cultivated the nature of the purpose becomes evident, it’s a lead weight or an air balloon. We become what we concentrate on.


  7. Coco

    Our concerns and attention become filters. Creativity and abundant assets are available to anyone that creates the space and rarefied atmosphere to become aware of them. This is where our higher nature draws from. Beautiful post .


  8. Ricardo B.

    So true in every single way. This is a great discipline to develop in life, which is to carry the torch once it is lit. In the beginning of an inspired project, there is oftentimes a dowry of resource bestowed upon the individual by the powers that be – this can take the shape of either some kind of financial boom or simply a burst of zeal and passion. Some initial propulsion helps you lift off, and then comes the real challenge – how to navigate the idea/dream/vision all the way home through unknown territory.
    That initial spark has to be kept alive in your mind and in your heart by placing active attention on it daily as you take care of the various daily tasks before you. Our goals and dreams are many times challenged throughout the journey, sometimes to the point where by mere appearance it would look like things are going nowhere. Through great care and awareness, many pitfalls can be avoided and the ones you do fall into lessons are learned that make you a more skilled navigator.
    If all we thrive on is external stimulus, then we simply can’t go far. The flame has to be kept lit from within.


    1. Gregg Hake

      I have not had much direct experience with it, but those friends of mine who have assure me that there are many lessons to be learned and benefits to be enjoyed from the regular practice of yoga.


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