In Ashtanga yoga, the term drishti refers to a point of focus where your eyes can rest instead of wandering. It’s a soft-focus gaze, the point of which is not to concentrate on a specific object, but to eliminate distraction. And just like staring at something and taking in its detail would draw your focus outward, away from your practice, shutting your eyes would draw your focus in, which, as we all know, comes with its own set of distractions. Like so much in yoga (and in life) drishti is all about balance.
Which brings me to my analogy of the day.
For me, good writing comes from the same place as drishti—you look at your work too hard and you’re lost in the details, you rely too much on the subconscious and your writing’s not grounded. So my advice to all you writing yoginis out there is to step back and give your writing a soft-focus gaze. Just like in yoga, it takes practice to find the right balance, but the moment you achieve it, all of the searching and strain suddenly falls away. Just like in yoga, some days it comes naturally and effortlessly, and other days it does not. In fact, just yesterday I was in yoga class repeatedly reminding myself to let go of all conscious thought and be in the now when I came up with the idea for this blog post. 😉