The seventh step of ashtanga yoga is Dhyan.It is a way of uniform positive modification of knowledge. Dhyan can be understood as extended stage of Dharan.
Dhyana in Ashtang-Yoga is introduction step to Samadhi. it is the stage when there is only the controlled flow of continuous thoughts about a target or object, free from distractions or any other different kind of thoughts for the same object. as we discussed in state of Dharan, the practitioner meditate in search of a focus to lead his path and in Dhyan he starts getting actively engaged with its focus.
How to Perform Dhyan
Practicing dhyan is a continuous process in which practitioner learn how to concentrate for a long period of time, being single minded. Advanced stage of uninterrupted trail of thoughts, current of cognition and flow of awareness called Meditation. Meditation happens effortlessly and spontaneously.
Dhyan is reflections of thoughts or outcome of the practices whatever Dharan focused on.
it’s all about being single-minded and firm mentally for the desired objects which giving you pleasure, inner-calmness and help you to connect with inner-self. Attaining dhyan can be easily explained in four levels
- Beginning of meditation.
- Control your thoughts and feelings.
- Choosing a posture.
Beginning of meditation
‘How to meditate?’ is a vast and well-researched subject. In the guidance of a right mentor once you have understood the basics of meditation, as per your need and comfort you can follow a technique that suites your nature.three crucial points for successful meditation is your consciousness, control over flow of thoughts and feelings, and your meditating object ;generally choosen Sanskrit mantr, the breath or any external object like a statue, candle etc
Control your thoughts and feelings
One can be connected with inner-self only when he knows how to control your mind and it’s also an art to detach yourself from the outer world positively .The main importance of Dhyan is to perceive your mind and soul as one connected being.
Choosing a right posture
Practicing meditation with a posture that is also known as Mudra, can help to focus your attention.Erect spine, broader shoulder, comfortable sitting with palms facing up, place your right hand over your left hand in your lap is most accepted and popular Mudra.One cannot meditate forcefully, unwillingly or in state of discomfort as meditation can happen only in an effortless state.
As they say “practice makes things perfect.”
so investing more time on practicing dharan and dhyan benefits you best with all its aspects, forms and consequences. as the time passes, practitioner can prolong its time period and start experiences uninterrupted moments, desired concentration and a soothing communication path with inner-self.