The Final Three Limbs Explored
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Samyama includes Dharana (single focus concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (bliss, dissolution of duality)
This episode joins the final three limbs of yoga into one conversation. The hosts use source material and personal experiences to clarify and illuminate these subtle, yet profound, practices.
Following are top 10 lists generated by MagicWrite (testing out the AI program on Canva). They were carefully considered and slightly rewritten before posting:
Top 10 Takeaways from Teachings on Dharana
1. Dharana is the sixth limb of yoga and is the practice of focusing the mind on a single object, idea, or concept.
2. By practicing dharana, we can learn to become more present, focused, and mindful.
3. If choosing an object to focus on, make it something meaningful to you in order to engage with it more deeply and create a more powerful practice.
4. Dharana is more than just sitting in meditation. It can be practiced in everyday activities such as eating, walking, and working.
5. Regular practice of dharana can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
6. Dharana teaches us to observe and accept our thoughts, feelings, and emotions without judgement.
7. By focusing on a single object, we can cultivate a sense of peace and clarity within ourselves.
8. Practicing dharana requires patience and consistency in order to reap the benefits.
9. Dharana can be used to connect us with our spiritual self and to tap into a deeper sense of awareness.
10. It can also be used to cultivate creativity, intuition, and concentration.
Top Ten Ways to Practice Dharana
1. Breathing: The practice of dharana starts with focusing on the breath. Slowly inhale and exhale, counting each breath, and being aware of the air entering and exiting your body.
2. Visualization: Visualize a peaceful and calming image. Keep your focus on the image and allow it to fill your mind.
3. Mantra: Choose a mantra, such as a word or phrase, and silently repeat it to yourself. You can also focus on the sound of your mantra without repeating it.
4. Walking Meditation: Take a walk in a peaceful area and focus on your body and the environment. Notice your feet on the ground, the movements of your body, the sound of your feet, and the feeling of the air on your skin.
5. Yoga-Asana: Take part in a yoga-asana class or practice yoga at home. Focus on the poses, the movement of your body, and the breath.
6. Body Scan: Lie down and slowly move your awareness from your head to your toes. Notice any sensations in your body and acknowledge them without judgment.
7. Listening Meditation: Listen to a guided meditation or to relaxing music. Focus on the sound and try to block out any other thoughts.
8. Aromatherapy: Light a scented candle, diffuser, or incense and focus on the aroma. Notice how it fills the room and how it makes you feel.
9. Affirmations: Write down positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself. Focus on the words and their meaning.
10. Nature: Find a spot in nature and take a few moments to observe. Focus on the beauty of the environment and the sounds of the birds and other animals.
Top 10 Takeaways from Teachings on Dhyana
1. Dhyana is a type of meditation used to help us become more aware of our inner selves and the world around us.
2. It is important to set aside time each day to practice dhyana so that we can deepen our understanding and connection with the world.
3. Make sure to find a comfortable position to practice in and focus on your breath to help you relax and stay in the moment.
4. It is important to keep an open mind and release any thoughts or worries that may arise as you practice.
5. When practicing dhyana, be mindful of your senses and how they affect your experience.
6. Be aware of how your thoughts and emotions change during the practice and how they may vary with each experience.
7. Accept yourself for who you are and be compassionate and kind to yourself.
8. Notice how your body and mind feel after the practice and use that awareness to help you better understand yourself.
9. Connect with nature and your surroundings to gain a deeper understanding of the world around you.
10. Dhyana can help you to become more mindful and present in your daily life and to better appreciate the beauty of the universe.
Top Ten Ways to Practice Dhyana (Very interesting that AI did not list ten different items, rather it generated instructions for Mindfulness Meditation in ten steps)
1. Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit and practice.
2. Set a timer for the duration of your practice.
3. Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
4. Be aware of the sensations in your body and the nature of your breathing.
5. Observe your thoughts and feelings without criticizing or judging yourself.
6. When you notice your mind wandering, gently bring your attention back to your breath.
7. Visualize a soothing image or a calming phrase.
8. Repeat a mantra silently or aloud to help you focus.
9. Allow your awareness to expand to include your environment.
10. End your practice by slowly and gently opening your eyes.
Alternative Instructions to Mindfulness Meditation (in this practice, eyes are open in a soft, downward gaze):
1. Take your seat
2. Place your attention on your breath
3. When you notice your mind wandering, label your thought “thinking” and return to your breath
Gil Hedley’s Original FUZZ Speech (warning: not for everyone)
Richard Freeman’s Book: The Mirror of Yoga
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Judith George - Editor (video & audio)
Keith Kenny - Music
Cindy Fatsis - Photography