The Sweet Reward Of Focus- DHYANA

Begin with dhyana, with meditation, and end in samadhi, in ecstasy, and you will know what God is. It is not a hypothesis, it is an experience. You have to LIVE it - that is the only way to know it.
— Rajneesh

DHYANA

 

Dhyana is meditative absorption, the 7th of Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga. Pratyahara, Dharana, and Dhyana go together with one leading to the other brining you to meditation.  

I LOVE to explain it like this- at the very end of class what Dhyana is...  

It's when they have practiced the Yamas and the Niymas-

Moved through Asana-

Focused and moved with the breath (Pranayama)-

Withdrew the senses by surrendering to Savasana-

Focused blissfully on that natural flow of their breath-

Sitting up with eyes still closed and hands at heart-

Lingering here-

Not wanting to leave-

And that my friends is meditative absorption-

Ahh, the sweet surrender of the present moment-

Feeling one with everything-

There is no me or you-

Just pure consciousness-

Now that, to me, is Dyana.  


It is better to meditate a little bit with depth than to meditate long with the mind running here and there. If you do not make an effort to control the mind it will go on doing as it pleases, no matter how long you sit to meditate.
— Paramahansa Yogananda