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Yoga Philosophy: Dhyana (Meditation)

Yoga Philosophy: Dhyana (Meditation)

Dhyana, the seventh step of the yoga path according to Patanjali, stands for meditation. This guide shows you how to explore the meaning of life through dhyana.

🧘‍♂️ Understanding what Dhyana is

Dhyana is Sanskrit and means meditation. It is the penultimate stage in the eightfold path of yoga as described by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. In the state of dhyana, the mind is still and focused, free from distractions and disturbing thoughts. It is important to understand that dhyana is not just a technique, but a state of mind.

📚 Study the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

To truly understand Dhyana, it is helpful to study the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Patanjali describes dhyana as a state in which the mind is uninterruptedly focused on an object. Try to implement this description in your meditations.

🧍‍♀️ Prepare for meditation

Before you start meditating, it is important to find a quiet and undisturbed place. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and start focusing on your breath.

🎯 Focus your mind

The key to dhyana is focusing the mind. Choose an object of concentration - it can be a mantra, an image, or simply the breath. Keep your mind continuously focused on this object.

🚫 Learn to overcome distractions

Distractions are normal when you meditate. If you notice your mind drifting, gently bring it back to your focus object. Over time, you will find that it becomes easier to overcome distractions.

🕰️ Practice regularly

As with any skill, your ability to meditate will improve with time. Try to meditate every day, even if it is only for a few minutes. The more regularly you meditate, the easier it will be to enter the state of dhyana.

🤔 Reflect on the meaning of life

Dhyana helps you to explore the meaning of life. In the state of meditation you can dive deeper into yourself and ask questions about life and your role in it. Use this time of silence and stillness to reflect on the meaning of life.

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