This is our second to last Monday of the YEAR! Isn't that weird to think? Well, as it turns out we are perfectly timed to finish up the Yoga Sutras today on this #MindfulnessMonday, so that next week we can take a look back at what we've learned and decide how we can use it all to move forward.
So, the last 3 limbs of Pantajali's Yoga Sutras are Dharana (fixed concentration), Dhyana (Devotion) and Samadhi (Union with the Divine). Following Pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses, which we covered last week, these last 3 limbs are meant to take you deeper inward to achieve the ultimate transcendence of the ego, or what we can simply term, bliss.
Dharana and Dhyana are practiced together in order to create Samadhi. By practicing Dharana and cultivating a deep inner perceptual awareness, we can begin to experience Dhyana wherein by meditating on the divine we can gain the ability to see the universal 'one'. Ok, let's pause here. We know this sounds like a lot of 'jargon', but really what it boils down to is practicing awareness from the inside out (most basic way is through breathing techniques which we have discussed) and then focusing that awareness on the oneness that exists in our world. By filtering out all the clutter in our minds and bodies, we can come to experience clarity and perhaps even a vision of our world and how we are all connected.
Once we can see all of this clearly (and remember this is TOTALLY a journey and not a destination), we can truly begin to feel this unity in all aspects of our lives and by experiencing this unity or connectedness, we can begin to drop our egos and enjoy a non-judging, non-anxious and dare we even say, blissful existence.
Of course, this is challenging. But, as John Legend said, #Imagine.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.