|Open Yoga Journal|
In modern society people are often faced with multitasking. Solving several problems at a time became normal and watching those, who succeed in being all over the place, we admire them and think, that it is effective. But is it right? What is multitasking? Where did this behavior pattern come from? Is it possible to become the modern Julius Caesar? What advice does yoga give us?
We can find the definition of this term in computing. ‘Multitasking is an attribute of operating system or execute environment to provide the possibility of parallel processing of different actions.’
Multitasking is not a quality of a person. But sometimes, it seems that a person is solving different problems at a time, as if he was a computer, processing different actions in parallel. But that is not exactly right. The attention of people is just switching from one subject to another.
Today the representatives of many professions, for example, the secretary or operator, always face the problems, which need the simultaneous solving. In such regime the attention splits up between incoming information flows, but the concentration on every problem is seriously reducing.
Just think, not for nothing it is forbidden to speak on the phone while driving.
The very important aspect is the ability to concentrate all the attention on each subject.
Possibly, Julius Caesar developed the capability to switch his attention quickly from one process to another. It looked from the outside that he was all over the place and kept everything up-to-date. But how can we achieve this effect?
Yoga gives us recommendations how to accelerate refocusing and improve concentration on each process. Yoga encourages people to follow common sense, make progress and to sharpen their mind.
In particular, one of the principles says: You should spend your energy and focus your consciousness only on the things which lead you to the goals that you have set for your work, school, leisure or yoga. Before you get involved in any task, ask yourself if it leads you to your goals – if not, then you should refuse from it as unnecessary.
This principle is also called the principle of logics and principle of effectiveness. If we realize it in our life, we will find solution to any of our problem.
Besides, Radja yoga – the kind of yoga, gives us the additional recommendation – to go from one aim to another one by one; to start performing the next task after finishing the previous one. Such approach allows to concentrate on one subject, increasing the speed and quality of the whole process.
Planning the appropriate order of the tasks and the whole life direction according to our values, gives us the possibility to avoid the declination of plans and not to waste resources for nothing.
The success in accomplishing the number of tasks that we need to do depends on the quantity of the life force that we have. In yoga our life force is called Prana.
Keeping the principles of logics and sequence, we can structure our life and accumulate vitality, which will inspire us to break new ground On the contrary, wasting our time on the tasks which do not lead us to our aims, we waste our vitality and we are not able to manage the common tasks.
Classic kinds of yoga help us to collect Prana.
- Asans of Hatha yoga not only stimulate muscles, but enhance the blood supply of our brain and strengthen the nervous system.
- Dynamic Kriya yoga purifies the body, makes it healthy and beautiful and gradually leads us to the control of our thoughts.
- Meditation calms down our mind and brings to naught active thinking.
- Pranayama yoga as the queen of prana is favourable to the accumulation of life force.
Yoga techniques are able to increase the level of prana, that makes us more effective in achieving any kind of goals and any number of goals.
Practicing yoga regularly, we improve our memory, increase the strength of our attention and productivity of thinking, learn not to be exposed by stress, which can slow down our mental process. The main thing – not to waste effort on useless things, to direct them to necessary aims in any spheres in our life!
Practice yoga and be effective!
Author: Darya Klyshko
Editors: M. Balmush, M. Mamontova, A. Zlobin
Project kurator: A. Zlobin
Translator: Evgeniya Lakshmi
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