What is Dhyana?
While we explored Dharana in our last yoga blog - the power of one-pointed focus where practices involved meditation. Dhyana (the 7th Limb of Yoga) is meditation with the focus of cultivating oneness. It supersedes focussing on an object or thought and is the merging of the practitioner with the object or thought.
Dhyana is awareness and surrender which cannot be practiced externally. This is an internal process of concentration that brings us closer to ourselves. It is a journey of self-acceptance where we can experience "flow" the buzz word meaning when we are so in something that time, space, and self do not exist as the action we take is in-tune with the mind. Bringing a deep sense of peace and joy.
This is a practice that deepens our connection to ourselves and the world around us through the focus on the concept of oneness.
How to practice Dhyana Meditation a step by step guide:
Choose your focus - a part of nature, an animal, a person - in essence, the focus is irrelevant.
Sit comfortably unless you are trying to become one with pain - it's your choice boo
Relax the body through the process of a body scan. In your mind scan your own body from head to toe releasing pain and tension as you go
Breathe. In for 4. Hold for 2. Out for 6.
Observe your focus without assumption or judgment. (This is the hardest part for me FYI as our brains are programmed to do this, to make observations.)
When you no longer experience observation and become one. It's not good, it's not bad, it just is.
It's a practice, it takes time to build this skill, keep going!