“The ability to maintain focused attention on an object of your choice was considered in ancient India to be as important a sustenance of health as food and sleep and both the Yoga and Buddhist traditions developed detailed meditation systems for perfecting vivid and undistracted attention that can be maintained effortlessly for hours.
The world we inhabit today is far different than the world of The Buddha and Patanjali 2500 years ago. Ours is an interdependent ecosystem that includes not only the plants and animals, forests and oceans that they would still recognize, but also freeways, tall buildings, and a mental landscape addicted to incessant media stimulation.
In the ecosystem of our fast paced consumer culture, the sustenance of sustained and focused attention is an endangered species. And if it becomes extinct, will we even be able to recognize what has been lost?”
–Doug Veenhof, at the 2013 Asheville Shamatha weekend workshop and six-day retreat
Thank you to my host, organizers, and all the participants at the May 18-19 Shamatha weekend workshop at West Asheville Yoga and the following six-day retreat at beautiful Om Sancturary.