Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Seventh Limbs of Yoga - Dhyana

The tree’s fluid or sap links the very tip of the leaf to the tip of the root. The experience of this unity of the being from the periphery to the core, where the observer and the observed are one, is attained in meditation. When the tree is healthy and the supply of energy is wonderful, then the flowers blossom out of it. Thus dhyana, meditation, is the flower of the tree of yoga.

Dhyana in its essence is about vibrating between the level of the personal and universal, between mind and no-mind, between constriction and expansion. Even in constriction, we are not attached to a particular outcome or resisting what is; we are just observing with witnessing awareness. In the process, we become increasingly awake and aware of the connection between mind and no-mind, without judging either state.

In accepting that we are both an expression of the divine and a skin-encapsulated ego, life becomes lighthearted and fun.

Meditation is one of the most direct ways to develop this state of ever-present witnessing awareness. We may also meditate on an internal object that we visualize, or an idea such as truth or oneness. The object of our meditation may be without form altogether and totally open. All meditation consists of dwelling in witnessing consciousness. This frees our consciousness from outer attachments in which there is pain and distortion.

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