Yoga Sutra 1.2, from Desikachar’s The Heart of Yoga: “Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward and object and sustain that direction without any distractions.”
When I mention that the “object” of focus can be anything— even including “God”— it should be noted that the concept of God here is one applicable to any faith, any belief system, or understanding of God. Yoga is not a religion.
🤖 👾 In the age of gaming, cell phones, iPads, and technology, it’s extremely easy to lose your direction and focus. We can understand readily for practical reasons why it’s important/useful to be able to intensely focus. We’ll look deeper still in the sutras.
If you put a lot of energy into gaming, you may have a relevant skill: the ability to intensely focus on a combat mission, a puzzle, or boss battle at hand. The experience of deeply connecting with a video game may be unintentional, but most likely, in those moments, time doesn’t exist, and you are at one with the screen/the character you’re moving. You feel unconsciously in a state of yoga. .
We can explore what it feels like to produce this experience on purpose. We can see about applying it to other areas of our lives outside of the video game, for maximum life enjoyment.