Cognitive Yoga

Practicing Attention – there love arises

When a class is asked to do a hands on project you can practice an attention exercise such as “listen to the sound where the working surfaces meet” or  “watch the hands as they work.”  Any physical task can be used as a meditation especially when it requires hand eye co- ordination.  Projects such as building a boat, a model, gardening, washing dishes and so on can be done in a contemplative way such as “Doing one thing at a time .”

A sanskrit shruti reflects this principal in the following words.

“Where the hand goes, the eye follows; where the eye goes the mind follows; where the mind goes, the heart follows, and thus is born expression.”

“Where the hand goes, the eye goes
Where the eye goes, there the mind follows
Where the mind is, there the heart is also
Where the heart is, there love arises.”
(Nandikesvara – Abhinayadarpanam)

In experience, one usually finds that with careful attention love arises. I am reminded of Ray Bradbury’s classic  short story, The Electric Grandmother who asked, ‘ Love and attention, it’s the same thing isn’t it ? “

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