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What is Meditation?
Actually, meditation can not be done. You can’t do it. It is a state of consciousness that we can come into when the body, mind, and energies become aligned, peaceful, and quiet.
Meditation is a certain quality of concentration that has gone beyond normal, everyday perception and has become intently focused the object of concentration (whether that be abstract, like the concept of infinity — or concrete, like the picture of a Deity, saint, or sage.
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Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga
To gain a more complete understanding what “Meditation” is and how it fits into the system of Yoga practices, you can explore the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Over our many years of study and experiences, we’ve discovered certain aspects of these 8 Limbs (ashtanga) that are rarely shared today.
Most “modern” teaches leave out much of the essential teachings. We’ve included several of these “lost” additions below.
These are translated as the observances for a spiritual life.
There are 10 in total (many “modern” teachers have also cut it down to only 5)
These are the physical postures to create balance, harmony, and stability in the body. Beyond this, mastery of even just one asana can lead one to the Ultimate Knowing of all that is to be known about anything else. There are 2 types. We’ll explore both.
This is control of the vital energies. This can be done in many various forms – specific systems of asanas and Kriyas can be used – but most popular is “breath control.”
This is “withdrawal of the senses” away from the sense objects. This is moving into more advanced Yoga practices, but there are also simple methods for doing this where one can enter a state of consciousness where they ‘forget the body’ and so become “withdrawn” from the senses.
This is the first stage of concentration. These practices help the mind become more steady and focused. There are many ways to do this – abstract and concrete. This is what comes before ‘meditation’ comes about.
Now, we have finally made it to “meditation.” This is what is commonly translated as meditation. Contrary what most are taught, you can’t “meditate.” Dhyana comes about spontaneously when the concentration (Dharana) becomes deep, steady, and one-pointed.
This is what is called as “super concentration.” This is a profound state that is very rarely achieved. Yogis work towards this state where concentration merges with the object of concentration. This is what many refer to as experiencing “oneness.”