THE SEVENTH LIMB OF YOGA, DHYANA
Dhyana refers to a state of uninterrupted concentration on the point of focus with the intention of understanding the truth behind that point. Dhyana is derived from the Sanskrit root Dhyai which means “To Think Of.” It is a state of unbroken concentration in stillness, often referred to as contemplation or meditation. It can create an experience that can give us a connection to something greater than ourselves, a place of just being. Dharana (the sixth limb) must precede Dhyana. The stage of Dharana teaches the mind to focus and concentrate, whereas Dhyana teaches the meditator to become one with the object of meditation. Dharana is the contact, and Dhyana is the connection.
The meditation process helps us have a calm mind where we may realign our inner self to the right path. Meditation becomes a tool to see things clearly and perceive reality beyond the illusions that cloud the mind. We can let go of fear and negativity that often prevents us from living life fully through this realization. We can develop the ability to analyse emotions objectively.
By practicing Dhyana, we can free ourselves from our past and allow ourselves to be present and fully engaged. We can then come from a place of empathy, compassion, and mindfulness. We want to strive towards keeping meditation focused on pure love and light. If we allow the mind to be entertained by negativity and judgment, we become those thoughts. Likewise, if our mind thinks of peace and love, these thoughts can free the spirit.
Meditation is a state of quiet mind where we become aware without focus. It is not nothingness but acute awareness and unity with the universe. Dhyana is the practice of moving the reason to a place of rest and calmness. If we have fewer thoughts, we have less worry and can live life only with fewer distractions. The calm achieved through meditation can bring a positive light to all areas of one’s life.