Week 6.2 - We forge the chains we wear

The average human's attention span is less than a gold fish.

According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer.

Researchers surveyed 2,000 participants in Canada and studied the brain activity of 112 others using electroencephalograms.

The results showed the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, or around the time the mobile revolution began, to eight seconds.

Goldfish, meanwhile, are believed to have an attention span of nine seconds.


"You cannot focus on one while doing the other. That's because of what's called interference between the two tasks," Miller said. "They both involve communicating via speech or the written word, and so there's a lot of conflict between the two of them."

In yoga we learn to increase our attention span through the use of Dristhi (focus) and concentration.

We are practice with Intention

The definition of an intention is a clear and positive statement of an outcome you want to experience. An intention is a goal, or vision, that guides your activities, thoughts, attitudes, and choices.

Choose your intention

As you begin your practice, let’s do an exercise… without judging, fixing or assuming, ask yourself, “If I were a flower what kind of flower would I be tonight? The first thing that pops in your head. For example, am I an Orchid (wild, free but still delicate), a rose (silky soft pedals but with sharp thorns), A Daisy (a bohemian soul, just blowing in the wind), A Venus Fly Trap (exotic and intriguing on the outside, but deadly inside)… or other…”

“We forge the chains we wear in life.” - Charles Dickens… If you walk on crutches long enough your legs get weak and you can no longer walk on your own.

“...to the soul, the most minute details and the most ordinary activities, carried out with mindfulness and art, have an effect far beyond their apparent insignificance.” - Thomas Moore

The physical body is only an instrument used to play the projections of one’s soul.

“The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.” – Rumi

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” – Rumi

“The soul has been given its own ears to hear things mind does not understand.” – Rumi

“Open your hands if you want to be held.” – Rumi

“Our relationships are a reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves.” - Iyanla Vanzant

“Before you find your soul mate, you must first discover your soul.”

“When you seek love with all your heart you shall find its echo in the universe.” – Rumi

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” – Rumi

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

“Yoga teaches us that change should occur slowly and deliberately, as in harmony with nature. There are no quick fixes in life. The rock is worn away by the constant, unfaltering drop of water that is hitting it. When change occurs too quickly in nature, often cataclysmic destruction occurs. Lasting changes in our lives should be measured and made with patience. If we awake one day, and we cannot close the front button of our pants, we have two choices: get bigger pants or work on losing weight. Lasting weight loss occurs with tiny modifications in our behaviors.”

“In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

"Life is about change. Sometimes it's painful. Sometimes it's beautiful. But most of the time, it's both." - Lana Lang

“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley

“Success is not the absence of failure; it's the persistence through failure.” - Aisha Tyler

“If you want money more than anything, you’ll be bought and sold your whole life.” – Rumi

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.” – Rumi

“Often care of the soul means not taking sides when there is a conflict at a deep level. It may be necessary to stretch the heart wide enough to embrace contradiction and paradox.” - Thomas Moore