Daily Dose for the Soul

Prolonged One-Pointedness & Prolonged Awareness

Have you every been in a situation where you were reading a book or a newspaper when somebody called you? You did not respond because you were not even aware that you were being called. Why? Because you were very focused on what you have been reading.

Have you experienced repeatedly calling a friend at a distance and the person did not respond? Or you were involved in a group discussion and nobody was listening, because everybody was so focused on what they wanted to say? This is called concentration.

Concentration is “prolonged focusing” or “prolonged one-pointedness”. Many yoga books place a lot of emphasis on prolonged focusing or one-pointedness. If you use concentration only, you will not achieve enlightenment. Why? Because if you cannot hear the loud voice of your friend, how can you hear the whisper of your higher soul? If you cannot hear the voice of the person beside you, how can you hear the “sound of silence”? How can you hear the “inner OM”?

When a woman says that a man is sensitive, it does not mean that the man is a crybaby. It means that the man is aware of the woman’s needs and feelings, so he tried to behave and act in a certain way to make the woman happy.

Have you ever experienced getting irritated with your spouse, while your spouse may not even know that you are angry until you exploded? This shows lack of sensitivity. These conditions apply to both men and women. They can be insensitive to the feelings and needs of their partners.

To be successful in one’s spiritual practice, one must not only practice prolonged one-pointedness or concentration. One must also practice prolonged sensitivity or awareness. The concept of prolonged awareness is almost non-existent in western culture. This is why there is not single word to describe this state.

In India, the word dhyana is used to describe prolonged awareness. Even in India this concept is hardly understood by most spiritual practitioners or meditators. From India, dhyana was brought to China by Bodhidharma and it is called Chan in Chinese. The Shaolin monks of Southern China brought Chan to Japan, and there it is called Zen in Japanese.

Dhyana, Chan, or Zen means “prolonged awareness”. Since there is no available English word, we will also use the word meditation to mean prolonged awareness.

Reference : Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul. Master Cho Kok Sui.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. your's_Nomison says:

    Interestingly

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    1. Garima says:

      Your soul is ever attentive to you. When you begin to turn your focus inward, it reaches out to meet you. Right now the warmth in your body, your breath, your existence is powerful evidence of your soul. I am glad you found the post interesting.

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      1. your's_Nomison says:

        It’s always a good time with #BeInspired @Garima

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      2. Garima says:

        Thank you for such kind words. I am glad you find my posts useful and inspiring. Stay blessed, Stay safe.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. I am glad you like my post.

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  2. Interesting discussion! The concept of “prolonged awareness” is a new label to me, but I have experienced some of its virtues.

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    1. Garima says:

      It is so important for our mind to be aligned with our soul/spirit, to make decisions that feel right, to allow our bodies and actions to be guided by that source of Infinite Intelligence and wisdom that creates and drives everything in nature. Everyone deserves to be happy, we are born to experience life, to fulfill our desires and contribute to the world in which we live in a way that satisfies our soul. We are all different, not designed to be a perfect replica of each other and through following our inner guidance system we can learn to uncover our unique gifts and natural talents that are connected to our soul path, become our true selves and bring our unique wisdom to the world. In this connected state our soul mind and body are in balance, bringing health and wellbeing to our lives and ultimately true happiness in our lives.

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  3. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    There is a completeness to all emotions. Yes, there is sensitivity that makes for deeper and better relationships. I do know we can all work on that.

    Oh, I talked with the team and I got voted out about having you in the show at this time. They wanted to focus on fandom pieces and get us more involved in that. If and when that changes I will let you know. I am sorry for having to say no for now.

    Thank you,

    Gary

    On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 12:48 AM Be Inspired..!! wrote:

    > Garima posted: ” Prolonged One-Pointedness & Prolonged Awareness Have you > every been in a situation where you were reading a book or a newspaper when > somebody called you? You did not respond because you were not even aware > that you were being called. Why? Because” >

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    1. Garima says:

      Ah yes Gary, completeness of all emotions is great.

      Also, no problem. I was under an impression that your students will like something on productivity like you mentioned. But maybe later 🙂

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