Philosophy Eight Limbs of Yoga: Dhyana- Meditation

As we progress through the Eight Limbs of Yoga, we have come to the point, where we notice that things are slowing down. So many of the exercises and and practices up to this point have been things we could see, or even things we could hear (when it comes to the breath). As we come to Dhyana, or Meditation, we more our practices primarily to an inward space, a space that cannot be measured by those around us. Our final two limbs of yoga, are really ours to experience, and are ours to walk alone.

Though we have many chances to join with others to practice both Dhyana and Samadhi, and these can have incredible meaning and power, the work of meditating, and the ultimate connection with all that we are, lies within. All that has led to this point has prepared us for this place of meditation. The design of the Yoga Sutras, and the Eight Limbs of Yoga, is that by preparing the body, through use of the breath, the honing of the senses, and the development of concentration, we have prepared ourselves for meditation.

Dhyana, or Meditation, can be an intimidating prospect. To sit in silence, and not only silence, but in stillness, can be overwhelming and at times taxing. For many of us, the commitment to a daily meditation practice, even for a few minutes each day, can seem like too much. Much like brushing our teeth, getting into the habit of this healthy and enlightening exercise is what enriches our connection with Dhyana.

We routinely offer a variety of types of meditations to try. If you find one that connects with you, try making that your habit for a few days, or even weeks, and see if that connections allows you to move deeper into this journey. Though Meditation is an easy part of the practice to brush aside, or let go of it, as we see in the structure of the Eight Limbs, it is a critical piece of the yogic journey. If we are to proceed to Samadhi, then we must spend some time on that inward journey!