The attention “muscle” and how to strengthen it with meditation or by halting one`s inner dialogue.
The attention bridge. Chapter 23.
Human beings are receptacles of energy. And our attention is the door through which our energy can travel to the outside world; whether it be vital or emotional energy.
Once we are fully aware of this fact, we can be sure that the better we are able to control our attention, the better we are able to control ourselves and our destiny.
What we are able to do in life is determined by the quantity of energy we have at any moment and also our ability to direct it where, how and when we wish. In order to make it easier to contain our energy within the limits of our energy body and to control its transference to elements which surround us, we need to strengthen our attention as if it were a muscle.
The stronger our attentional muscle, the greater our ability to only channel energy to those impulses or ideas which are in our interest. The stronger our attentional muscle, the more centred our consciousness and the more difficult it is for something (like that cigarette we do not want to smoke) or someone (such as a manipulative individual) to take our energy from us against our will, which is what happens when we do not feel in charge of our actions or we feel we are dancing to someone else`s tune. And the stronger our attentional muscle, the greater our ability to take other people`s attentional energy and make them dance to our tune. However we need to take care to avoid doing this for purely selfish reasons so as not to behave like energy vampires. We need to use this strength responsibly.
Just as we strengthen our body’s muscles with physical exercise our attentional muscle can be strengthened by doing psycho-attentional exercises.
The quintessential psycho-attentional exercise is meditation or the control of our inner dialogue. There exist many disciplines like mindfulness, tai-chi, or traditional yoga which involve meditation.
The reason why the practice of meditation contributes so enormously to the strengthening of our attentional muscle is perfectly logical and easy to understand.
Meditation basically consists of preventing our attention from being taken over by our internal dialogue or other mental processes. Consequently, by resisting this impulse, we exercise our attention in the same way we exercise the muscles of our body when we do sport or lift weights.
For this reason those who meditate regularly ostensibly increase their psychic strength. As a result they attain a greater control of themselves and their lives.
 This should not be confused with aerobics passing off as yoga which is often sold to us as yoga. We cannot call it yoga if the exercise of the asanas is not combined with meditation.